Saturday 14 September 2013

Arsenal and Spurs get back into their stride

A round-up of Saturday afternoon's Barclays Premier League matches

Gylfi Sigurdsson scores Spurs' opening goal against Norwich

It was a happy afternoon for fans from North London as Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur both sealed Barclays Premier League victories by two-goal margins, while Newcastle United also resumed winning ways on Saturday afternoon.

After his high-profile deadline-day move to Arsenal this month Mezut Ozil got his Barclays Premier League career off to a winning start as his team ran out 3-1 winners at Sunderland. The Germany midfielder took just  11 minutes to set up Olivier Giroud for the opening goal, and although Sunderland equalised through a Craig Gardner penalty early in the second half, Aaron Ramsey popped up with two goals in 10 second-half minutes to seal the Black Cats' fate.

After losing the North London derby a fortnight ago Spurs returned to winning ways with a 2-0 success against Norwich City. Christian Eriksen, the Denmark midfielder signed from Ajax, made an impressive debut for Andre Villas-Boas’s team, but it was Gylfi Sigurdsson who grabbed the headlines with a goal in each half.

Newcastle secured a second successive victory with a 2-1 triumph at Aston Villa. Hatem Ben Arfa proved the inspiration for the Magpies, with an opening goal that was cancelled out by Christian Benteke before Yoan Gouffran followed up Ben Arfa's saved shot to secure the points for Alan Pardew's side.

Manchester City were held to a goalless draw at Stoke City, while the matches between Hull City and Cardiff City, and Fulham and West Bromwich Albion each finished 1-1.

At the KC Stadium Peter Whittingham scored a second-half equaliser for Cardiff in response to Curtis Davies’ opener for Hull, while Gareth McAuley struck a last-gasp leveller for West Brom with a header at Craven Cottage, where Steve Sidwell had given Martin Jol’s side a first-half lead.

Earlier in the day, David Moyes earned his first win at Old Trafford as Manchester United eased to a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace. The hosts took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Robin van Persie’s penalty after Kagisho Dikgacoi was adjudged to have brought down Ashley Young in the area. The South Africa defender was also dismissed for the foul.  In a one-sided second half Wayne Rooney, playing in a protective headband, doubled the score with a free-kick nine minutes from the end.

You can keep up to date with all the action on premierleague.com. With our Matchday Live service you can watch the manager press conferences, catch all the latest team news and check out the head-to-head statistics ahead of the weekend's action. At the final whistle we provide match reports while there will also be post-match reaction and manager press conferences. To see more, click on the Matchday Live links below.

FT: Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace  |  #MUNCRY  |  Matchday Live >>

FT Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle   |  #AVLNEW  |  Matchday Live >>

FT Fulham 1-1 West Bromwich Albion  |  #FULWBA  |  Matchday Live >>

FT Hull City 1-1 Cardiff City  |  #HULCAR  |  Matchday Live >>

FT Stoke City 0-0 Manchester City  |  #STKMCI  |  Matchday Live >>

FT Sunderland 1-3 Arsenal   |  #SUNARS  |  Matchday Live >>

FT Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Norwich City   |  #TOTNOR  |  Matchday Live >>

LIVE Everton v Chelsea  |  #EVECHE  |  Matchday Live >>

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Key Points

  • Matchweek 4 of the Barclays Premier League had wins for Arsenal, Newcastle, Man Utd and Spurs
  • The other three 3pm matches end in draws
  • On Matchday live, read full match reports, manager reactions and watch all the post-match press conferences