Chelsea win again, Wigan shock Spurs
Chelsea extended their winning start to the Premier League season into a third game with a 2-0 success at home to Stoke.
Visiting keeper Thomas Sorensen saved Frank Lampard's feeble penalty after Ryan Shawcross had crudely brought down Didier Drogba, but Florent Malouda raced onto John Terry's nicely weighted through-ball in the 35th minute to sweep his side into the lead with a fine first-time finish.
Ashley Cole hit the crossbar shortly afterwards and Stoke almost levelled when Glenn Whelan's long-range rocket also rebounded off the bar, before Drogba wrapped up the victory from the penalty spot in the 77th minute after being tripped by Sorensen.
Tottenham Hotspur suffered from a UEFA Champions League hangover as they went down to a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Wigan Athletic. Latics centre-half Steve Gohouri smashed the ball against the crossbar early on from Mauro Boselli's knockdown, while Jermain Defoe forced a wonderful save from Ali Al Habsi in a rare attack from lacklustre Spurs.
Antolin Alcaraz somehow fired over from two yards out and Jordi Gomez was also off target, but Hugo Rodallega finally found the net in the 80th minute, controlling Mohamed Diame's raking long ball before his cross-shot bobbled beneath Carlo Cudicini's dive. Tom Huddlestone was then narrowly off target before Younes Kaboul missed a glorious late chance for Spurs, heading wide of an open goal.
Andrey Arshavin's 51st-minute strike ensured Arsene Wenger emerged unscathed from another all-action battle with Blackburn Rovers at a rain-lashed Ewood Park in the day's early kick-off. Arshavin stroked the ball home after a Cesc Fabregas effort was blocked in the box and the visitors went on to prove themselves full value for their 2-1 win.
Theo Walcott had rammed home the Gunners' opener after cutting in from the right flank in the 19th minute before Mame Diouf equalised seven minutes later. Walcott had another strike disallowed for offside and substitute Jack Wilshere missed an injury-time sitter as the Gunners sought to extend their lead.
Blackpool and Fulham shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw as top-flight football made a thrilling return to Bloomfield Road. Bobby Zamora took his chance to impress watching England manager Fabio Capello when he benefited from a marginal onside call to head in Moussa Dembele's cross in the 35th minute.
Blackpool, though, were gifted a leveller in the 71st minute when Stockdale could only parry Luke Varney's cross-shot and John Pantsil swiped the loose ball wildly into his own goal. Varney put the Tangerines ahead five minutes later with a well-taken goal, racing onto Charlie Adam's defence-splitting through-ball and finishing first time.
But the visitors levelled three minutes from time as Dickson Etuhu galloping onto a Dembele pass to clip a superb finish over the head of Matt Gilks.
Blackpool's fellow Premier League newcomers Newcastle also earned a draw after coming from a goal down at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake fired Wolves in front two minutes before the interval, lashing a low shot inside Steve Harper's near post. But Newcastle drew level when in-form Andy Carroll rose above team-mate Kevin Nolan in the 62nd minute to head Joey Barton's free-kick against the inside of the post and into the net.