Five-star Arsenal, City stroll in EPL
Arsenal romped to a 5-2 victory in today's entertaining north London derby against ten-man Tottenham after Emmanuel Adebayor's dismissal sparked a spectacular Spurs collapse.
Adebayor opened the scoring against his former club in the tenth minute before he was sent off soon after for a reckless challenge on Santi Cazorla, with goals from Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, Cazorla and Theo Walcott earning Arsenal the win in a pulsating clash at the Emirates Stadium.
Gareth Bale pulled one back for the visitors late on, but it was not enough as Walcott's stoppage-time strike ensured the Gunners replicated the scoreline from the fixture last season.
Tottenham's William Gallas saw his goal ruled out for offside in the ninth minute, but Spurs did not have to wait long to open their account as Adebayor earned them a lead 60 seconds later from close range.
However, the striker quickly turned from hero to villain when his late, high tackle on Cazorla in the 18th minute earned him a straight red card, leading to Tottenham's capitulation. Mertesacker soon levelled for Arsenal before Podolski's bobbled shot and strikes for Giroud scored and Cazorla put the Gunners out of reach.
Winger Bale pulled one back for Tottenham in the 71st minute, but Walcott had the final word with a stoppage-time goal to match last season's scoreline in the fixture.
City stride as Southampton prove point
Elsewhere, Manchester City moved into top spot with a 5-0 win over Aston Villa ahead of Manchester United's late kick-off against Norwich.
David Silva scored the opener from close range just before half-time before Sergio Aguero scored from the penalty spot after Ciaran Clark handled the ball in the area. Carlos Tevez added City's third from the spot when Barry Bannan was also adjudged to have handled the ball before Aguero fired his second and Tevez did the same in a resounding win at the Etihad Stadium.
"In the last two games, I think we changed something. In our mind we found a good spirit, like last year," said City coach Roberto Mancini, whose side beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 last weekend. "For us it is very important we start to play well and in the last two games we have scored six goals with our strikers."
Goals for Rickie Lambert and Jason Puncheon helped to seal a vital 3-1 win for struggling Southampton against QPR at Loftus Road. Lambert headed in from close range before Puncheon added the second from 20 yards, with Junior Hoilett's second-half header not enough for Mark Hughes' side, as Anton Ferdinand's own-goal in the 83rd minute compounded QPR's woes.
Suarez double spurs Reds
Luis Suarez scored a brace as Liverpool beat Wigan 3-0 at Anfield. The Uruguay international beat Ali Al Habsi twice in the second half with strikes from the middle of the area as Liverpool moved closer to the top half of the table, with Jose Enrique's tap-in sealing the win for Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.
Reading came from behind to earn their first Premier League win this season with a 2-1 win over Everton at the Madejski Stadium. Poor defending by Reading allowed Steven Naismith to open the scoring for the Toffees before Adam Le Fondre marked his return to the Royals side by equalising with a glancing header.
Everton's Seamus Coleman then conceded a penalty which Le Fondre duly converted to earn a much-needed three points for coach Brian McDermott.
At the Hawthorns, West Brom beat Chelsea 2-1 thanks to goals from Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie. Long opened the scoring in the tenth minute before Eden Hazard equalised for Chelsea on the stroke of half-time, however, Odemwingie headed past Petr Cech from Long's assist to earn the Baggies another win.
Elsewhere, Swansea beat Newcastle 2-1 St James' Park thanks in part to a blunder by Magpies keeper Tim Krul. The Dutch custodian miscued a clearance straight to Pablo Hernandez, who picked out Michu with a great cross, allowing the Spaniard to head the ball into the net.
Jonathan de Guzman sealed the win late in the game when he followed up substitute Danny Graham's blocked strike with Demba Ba's stoppage time score not enough for Newcastle.