Gameweek two of the Premier League produced some excellent entertainment and goals galore, as some of the World Cup stars returned to action with a bang. Here is what happened on an eventful day of top-flight football:
Arsenal’s poor recent record at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge continued in the late kick-off, as the Gunners suffered a 3-2 defeat against their London rivals.
Chelsea were two goals up within the first 20 minutes of the clash. The Blues took the lead on nine minutes, as Marcos Alonso squared the ball for compatriot Pedro, who had acres of space to swept the ball past Petr Cech in the visitor’s goal.
Arsenal should have equalised on 19 minutes, but striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang fired over from close-range. A minute later, the home side doubled their lead. Cesar Azpilicueta played a ball out of defence to find Alvaro Morata, who was one-on-one with German centre-back Shkodran Mustafi. The Spaniard was too powerful for Mustafi and went on to slot low past Cech.
The Gunners regrouped and actually levelled the scores before the break. Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the Gunners first goal with a fierce long-range drive before Alex Iwobi smashed home an effort from inside the Chelsea box after Mkhitaryan had found himself completely unmarked down the Arsenal right.
The winning goal arrived with less than ten minutes left on the clock. Substitute Eden Hazard beat Alexandre Lacazette with ease and square for Marcos Alonso, who from eight yards out fired an effort through the legs of the helpless Petr Cech.
England striker Harry Kane finally scored an August goal, as his Tottenham side made hard work of a 3-1 win over Fulham at Wembley.
It took the home side until just before half time to break the deadlock. Lucas Moura picked up the ball on the edge of the area and curled a powerful past Fabri in the visitor’s goal.
The Cottagers equalised seven minutes in the second period. Ryan Sessegnon hooked the ball back into the box from the byline and striker Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home instinctly despite being on his knees from a previous challenge.
It took the home side until the 74th minute to regain the lead. England international full-back Kieran Trippier whipped home a superb free-kick from long-range. With 13 minutes left on the clock, Kane finally ended that August draught. The England striker advanced into the box before hitting a low effort past Fabri.
Brazilian youngster Richarlison was once again influential for Everton, as the Toffees recorded a 2-1 win over Southampton at Goodison Park.
The Merseysiders took the lead on the quarter of an hour mark through a cleverly worked free-kick. Morgan Schneiderlin found Theo Walcott from a Leighton Baines short free-kick, and the former Saints forward chipped home via the hand of Southampton ‘keeper Alex McCarthy.
Just beyond the half-hour mark, Marco Silva’s side doubled their lead. A superb team move eventually saw Walcott cross for Richarlison to head home inside the penalty area.
The visitors produced a much better display in the second half, and Liverpool loanee Danny Ings scored from close-range early on 54 minutes. The goal meant little in the end, though, as Everton seemed the more likely to score the fourth goal of the game.
Saturday’s other Premier League results
Cardiff 0-0 Newcastle
Leicester 2-0 Wolves
West Ham 1-2 Bournemouth
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