Premier League clockwatch – as it happened

• Arsenal beat Sunderland at Stadium of Light
• Spurs see off Norwich at White Hart Lane
• West Brom finally score to earn late draw at Fulham
• Cardiff and Hull share the points at the KC Stadium
• Man City lucky to leave Stoke with a point
• Newcastle's French connection beat Aston Villa

In pictures: the best of the Premier League action

That's nearly all from me ...

But I leave you with the news that Samuel Eto'o will make his Chelsea debut against Sundelrand this evening. You can read an interview I did with him this week by clicking on this link and follow the match with Scott Murray's minute-by-minute report. Thanks for your time and your emails and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

The Premier League table ...

For what it's worth at this early stage, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool are joint top with nine points each, with the two north London clubs having played four games each compared to Liverpool's three. Manchesters City and United are fourth and fifth with seven points, the same number as Chelsea, Stoke City and Newcastle. Sunderland are now rock bottom of the table with one point from four games, having been leapfrogged by West Brom. Swansea City currently occupy the third relegation place on three points, where they sit beneath Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Everton on goal difference. Click on this link to see the table.

Championship results ...

Burnley 1-1 Blackburn, Bolton 0-1 Leeds United, Bournemouth 1-2 Blackpool, Huddersfield 0-0 Doncaster, Ipswich 3-1 Middlesbrough, Leicester 2-0 Wigan, Millwall 1-5 Derby County, Nottingham Forest 3-2 Barnsley, QPR 1-0 Birmingham City, Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Yeovil, Watford 1-1 Charlton.

Premier League results ...

Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace, Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle, Fulham 1-1 West Brom, Hull City 1-01 Cardiff City, Spurs 2-0 Norwich, Stoke City 0-0 Manchester City, Sunderland 1-3 Arsenal.

Newcastle have beaten Aston Villa ...

Those goals from Hatem Ben Arfa and Yoan Gouffran were enough to win all three points for Newcastle at Villa Park, where it's full time: Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle.


Paolo Di Canio is sent from the technical area ...

With Olivier Giroud taking an age to receive treatment, Sunderland's manager is sent from the technical area for protesting about Arsenal's time-wasting tactics.


Having been the only team in the top five European leagues not to have scored a goal this season, West Brom's shame is over. Gareth McAuley leaps through the air to plant a meaty header past David Stockdale from a Chris Brunt corner. It's Fulham 1-1 West Brom.

Nottingham Forest 3-2 Barnsley

This match sounds like a belter, while things are turning nasty at Loftus Road, where QPR are heading for their fourth consecutive 1-0 win, this time against Birmingham City. Apparently coins have been thrown at the referee, while play had to be interrupted so a flare or smoke bomb could be removed from the pitch. Won't somebody please, please, please think of the children? 

Newcastle are ahead at Villa ...

Em, Yoan Gouffran put Newcastle 2-1 to the good at Aston Villa 10 minutes ago, but I managed to completely forget about it as there was so much going on at Sunderland, a team all Newcastle fans love. Gouffran sidefooted home after being teed up by Hatem Ben Arfa, the scorer of the first goal.


Fulham and Hull have goals disallowed ...

Brian Ruiz hits the woodwork at Craven Cottage and Hugo Rodallega follows up to slot home the rebound. It's ruled out for offside. At the KC Stadium, Sone Aluko is similarly penalised after getting the ball in the net for Hull.

DImitar Berbatov is a God ...

With all this excitement at the Stadium of the Light, I've been unable to get the opportunity about a spectacular bicycle kick from distance that the coolest man in the Premier League sent whistling inches over the cross-bar. My guess is he sent it whistling inches over the cross-bar on purpose, because Fulham are already leading and scoring such a goal would, in his opinion, be vulgar.

Arsenal go 3-1 up at Sunderland ...

Thanks for that, Martin Atkinson. Aaron Ramsey scores his second of the afternoon and his fifth of the season to capitalise on the referee's incompetence strange decision and almost certainly put the game beyond Sunderland.

Sunderland have another goal disallowed ...

Jozy Altidore wins a tussle with Bacary Sagna on the edge of the penalty area and scores for Sunderland despite Arsenal attempts to clear the ball off the line. His effort is disallowed because Martin Atkinson, the referee, had already blown for a foul by Sagna, rather than playing the advantage with the striker clear through on goal. Technology proves that Altidore's shot had crossed the line. 

Manchester City in all sorts of bother ...

City have brought on Sergio Aguero for Stevan Jovetic, but the momentum remains with Stoke City. Joe Hart is forced to keep them in the game with a splendid save, which will do his confidence no end of good in light of recent ricks. The Benteke goal I mentioned in the last post was a header from six yards from a corner. 

Villa equalise against Newcastle ...

Christian Benteke makes it all square at Villa Park. It's Aston Villa 1-1 Newcastle.

Gah! Sunderland 1-2 Arsenal

Arsenal re-take the lead against the run of second half play courtesy of Aaron Ramsey, who's having a splendid season.

Sunderland hit the woodwork!!!

Wow. Craig Gardner sends a free-kick into the Arsenal penalty area, it hits the inside of the upright and fizzes out of danger.

Danny Graham will be jealous ...

Cardiff City equalise at Hull ...

Don Cowie crosses, Peter Whittingham volleys past Allan McGregor. It's level pegging at the KC Stadium.

Sunderland have a goal disallowed!!!

It's a travesty! A travesty, I tells you! Steven Fletcher gets the ball in the net for Sunderland, but his effort is ruled out for offside. Replays show it was very offside indeed, but that's surely besdie the point. This is another blatant example of the refereeing conspiracy against plucky underdogs when they come up against the Premier League's big hitters. 

Millwall are in trouble ...

The Championship side are 2-0 down at home to Derby County and have just had Shane Lowry sent off. Millwall haven't won in 10 League games and have yet to score at home this season. 

Stoke miss another chance ...

Kenwyne Jones misses another great chance to put Stoke City ahead against Manchester City, heading over the bar after outleaping Stevan Jovetić to get a free-header. At Villa Park, left-back Antonio Luna passes up a marvellous shooting opportunity in favour of crossing to a team-mate.

Craig Gardner's inevitable booking ...

Meanwhile at White Hart Lane ...

Icelandic superstar Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored his second goal of the afternoon to put Tottenham 2-0 up against Norwich City. Christian Eriksen provided the assist, squaring the ball from the left wing, leaving Sigurdsson to boot home from five yards.


On as a half-time substitute, Craig Gardner smashes the ball past Wojciech Szczesny and it's all square at the Stadium of Light, where Arsenal are battered, bruised and slumped on the ropes.


YESSSSSSSSSSSS! Laurent Koscielney brings down Adam Johnson in the Arsenal penalty area and the home side have a spot-kick. If it's impartiality you're after, you've come to the wrong place.

North London rivalry ...

No matter how well Tottenham Hotspur play, it seems they can never quite gain an edge on Arsenal. Tottenham had 73% of the possession against Norwich in the first half at White Hart Lane. Arsenal had 74% of the possession against Sunderland in the first half at the Stadium of Light.

Half-time whistles peeping all over the UK ...

Premier League: Aston Villa 0-1 Newcastle, Fulham 1-0 West Brom, Hull 1-0 Cardiff, Stoke 0-0 Man City, Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Norwich City. Result: Man Utd 2-0 Crystal Palace.

Championship: Bournemouth 1-1 Blackpool, Bolton 0-1 Leeds, Huddersfield 0-0 Doncaster, Ipswich Town 1-1 Middlesbrough, Leicester 1-0 Wigan Athletic, Millwall 0-2 Derby County, Nottingham Forest 2-1 Barnsley, QPR 0-0 Birmingham, Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Yeovil Town, Watford 0-0 Charlton. Result: Burnley 1-1 Blackburn.

Click on this link for the League One and Two latest scores, plus the news from Scotland.

Robert Lowery is watching Sunderland v Arsenal ...

"Two quick, perfectly timed Ozil through balls, two times Walcott clean on goal , two shots at keeper's body," he writes. "Yes Theo is a decent 1:1 finisher but Ozil must already be wondering that 'this is the guy who was your best paid player?'."

Bad news for Newcastle fans ...

I'm hearing that Loic Remy has had to go off with what looks like a fairly serious injury. That's to be confirmed, by the way, so don't start wailing and gnashing your teeth just yet if you're a Toon fan.

Hull City take the lead against Cardiff City ...

The goal drought is finally over, but it's not Danny Graham's. Curtis Davies stoops to head past Joe Lewis and score his first goal for four years and give the home side the lead in a scrappy game.

This man is doing the Great North Run tomorrow ...

Championship latest ...

Bournemouth 1-1 Blackpool, Bolton 0-1 Leeds, Huddersfield 0-0 Doncaster, Ipswich 1-1 Middlesbrough, Leicester 1-0 Wigan, Millwall 0-1 Derby County, Nottingham Forest 1-1 Barsley, QPR 0-0 Birmingham, Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Yeovil, Watford 0-0 Charlton Athletic. Result: Burnley 1-1 Blackburn Rovers.

No score at the Britannia Stadium ...

... but Stoke City seem to be battering Manchester City. Walters has missed a golden opportunity, Steven Nzonzi has squandered a decent chance and now Kenwyne Jones has fired straight at Joe Hart, when it seems as though scoring would have been easier.

Premier League latest ...

Aston Villa 0-1 Newcastle, Fulham 1-0 West Brom, Hull City 0-0 Cardiff, Stoke 0-0 Manchester City, Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal, Tottenham 1-0 Norwich. Result: Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace.

Spurs go a goal up against Norwich ...

Gylfi Sigurdsson opens the scoring at White Hart Lane, firing past John Ruddy at the end of a move in which Danny Rose played the ball to Roberto Soldado, who chested it into the path of Christian Eriksen, who in turn laid it into the path of the Icelandic runner from midfield. Boom! 


Mesut Özil takes a free-kick for Arsenal ...

And puts it wide. Never mind, it doesn't mean he's a waste of £44m. "Based on the first 15 minutes, I'm going to venture that this Özil kid might be half decent," writes Espen Bommen. "Not his fault he doesn't have two assists already, and Giroud's goal ... what a first touch that is. I think one of the things about good players is when they do something great, they make it look so EASY!!!"


Fulham 1-0 West Brom

From a Fulham corner, West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill punches the ball clear, but not clear enough. It falls for Steve Sidwell who drives it back with interest and leaves it nestling in the back of the net. Who'll score first? West Brom or Hull's Danny Graham? Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen. 

Newcastle go one up against Villa ...

Hatem Ben Arfa puts Newcastle a goal up after 18 minutes of play at Villa Park. That's his and Newcastle's second goal of the season. Loic Remy worked his way down the left, squared the ball across the face of the six-yard box and it ricocheted into the path of Ben Arfa, who fired home.


Apologies ...

It was Theo Walcott who brought the fine save out of Kieren Westwood just now at the Stadium of Light. I probably should have mentioned that.

A lively start at the Stadium of Light ...

Having gone a goal down, Sunderland go close to equalising from a corner. Modibo Diakité got on the end of the inswinger and his near post header crashed against the cross-bar. Not long afterwards, Arsenal went close to doubling their lead, with Sunderland goalkeeper Kieren Westwood saving his side's bacon. 


Stoke miss a sitter against Man City ...

Charlie Adam sends a cross into the Man City penalty area, the ball falls nicely for Jon Walters standing five yards out from the middle of the goal and the striker puts it wide.

More Championship goals ...

Bournemouth 1-1 Blackpool, Bolton 0-1 Leeds, Ipswich 0-1 Middlesbrough ...

Arsenal take the lead ...

Olivier Giroud scores his fifth goal in six games, tapping in after new boy Mesut Özil squared the ball for him after industrious work down the wing. It's Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal. 


Championship latest: Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Leeds United and ... erm, that's it. No goals in any of the other 3pm kick-offs.


Hull waste a golden opportunity ...

Danny Graham tries to guide a rebound past Joe Lewis in the Cardiff City goal, but somehow contrives to miss. The drought continues - it's now 1,155 minutes since Graham last scored a goal.


Spurs go close against Norwich ...

Gylfi Sigurdsson has already shot over the barfrom 25 yards and now Andros Townsend goes close, shooting a foot wide of the upright. No goals in the Premier League 3pm kick-offs so far.


At the Stadium of Light ...

Sunderland win a free-kick and it's so far out from the Arsenal goal, the visitors only put a one-man wall in front of it. New signing Ki Sung-Yueng elects to take the free-kick and somehow contrives to hit the one-man wall. "Oh dear," says Matt Le Tissier who has the pleasure of watching this in the Sky Sports Studio.

Daniel Taylor's been typing at Old Trafford ...

So if you want to read our chief football correspondent's initial thoughts on what went down at the Theatre of Dreams, click on this link.

When in doubt, dial up Opta Joe ...

Good afternoon all ...

Due to personnel issues and my own boundless enthusiasm, I've come here straight from the Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace minute-by-minute report. The upshot, basically, is that I haven't a clue what's going on as far as team news for the other fixtures is concerned, but my thanks go to Tom Davies, who kept this blog ticking over while I was covering events at Old Trafford.

But that's enough from me

The teams are in the tunnels, last-ditch drinks are being drained in the concourses and Barry Glendenning is ready to take you through the rest of the afternoon's action. Thanks for your time. Bye

All over at Old Trafford

It finished in a perfunctory 2-0 win for Manchester United against Crystal Palace.

But what else is there to look forward to this afternoon? Early Championship pace-setters Blackpool visit Bournemouth, who've both administered and received a couple of thrashings in the early weeks of the season, but have generally adjusted impressively to life in the second tier after going up last season. Leicester's match against Wigan at the King Power Stadium could also offer some interesting pointers, while Sheffield Wednesday v much-patronised Yeovil already carries the air of a relegation six-pointer.

In League One, Leyton Orient host Port Vale looking to extend their improbable winning start to the season - having won all of their first five matches - while promotion favourites Wolves, regrouping swiftly after their cataclysmic relegation, take on Swindon. Chesterfield v Wimbledon is the pick of the matches in League Two.

One more 3pm top-flight teamsheet …

… From Craven Cottage

Fulham v West Brom

Fulham: Stockdale, Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Richardson, Ruiz, Sidwell, Parker, Kacaniklic, Kasami, Berbatov.

Subs: Karagounis, Duff, Taarabt, Rodallega, Zverotic, Amorebieta, Etheridge.
West Brom: Myhill, Billy Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Yacob, Brunt, Anelka, Anichebe.

Subs: Popov, Morrison, Rosenberg, Sinclair, Luke Daniels, Dawson,
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

More teams

Wayne Rooney has scored, to make it Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace. Let Barry Glendenning tell you all about it here.

Sunderland v Arsenal

Sunderland: Westwood, Celustka, Diakite, Roberge, Colback, Johnson, Ki, Vaughan, Mavrias, Altidore, Fletcher.

Subs: Brown, Larsson, Gardner, Wickham, Cuellar, Mannone, Borini.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Sagna, Koscielny, Gibbs, Wilshere, Flamini, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud, Ramsey.

Subs: Vermaelen, Monreal, Fabianski, Frimpong, Miyaichi, Gnabry, Akpom.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

Tottenham v Norwich City

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose, Dembele,
Paulinho, Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Soldado.

Subs: Kaboul, Holtby, Naughton, Defoe, Friedel, Sandro, Lamela.
Norwich City: Ruddy, Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Snodgrass,
Fer, Johnson, Redmond, Elmander, van Wolfswinkel.

Subs: Martin, Howson, Hooper, Pilkington, Bunn, Olsson, Tettey.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

Aston Villa v Newcastle

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Okore, Luna, Westwood, El Ahmadi, Delph, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Weimann.

Subs: Clark, Bacuna, Helenius, Steer, Sylla, Tonev, Kozak.

Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Anita, Sissoko, Remy, Cisse.

Subs: Gouffran, Elliot, Marveaux, Tiote, Steven Taylor, Sammy Ameobi, Dummett.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral).

Some team news

It did indeed finish Burnley 1-1 Blackburn. In Scotland Celtic are now 3-1 up at Hearts in the closing stages at Tynecastle.

Debut watch: Christian Eriksen is starting for Spurs against Norwich. Full line-ups to follow.

Teamsheets are in from the Britannia Stadium:

Stoke City v Manchester City

Stoke City: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters, Walters, Nzonzi, Adam, Wilson, Etherington, Jones. Subs: Whelan, Pennant, Palacios, Arnautovic, Crouch, Sorensen, Ireland.
Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Javi Garcia, Nastasic, Kolarov, Touré, Rodwell, Milner, Jovetic, Nasri, Negredo. Subs: Lescott, Dzeko, Jesus Navas, Aguero, Fernandinho, Pantilimon, Boyata.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

While at the KC Stadium, Sky Sports News is giving rebrand evangelists Vincent Tan and Assem Allam a free run to expound the dotty thinking behind their renaming/recolouring wheezes. The teams are these:

Hull City v Cardiff City

Hull: McGregor, Elmohamady, Chester, Davies, Figueroa, Koren, Huddlestone, Livermore, Brady, Aluko, Graham.

Subs: Rosenior, Bruce, Meyler, McShane, Jakupovic, Boyd, Quinn.

Cardiff City: Lewis, Theophile-Catherine, Turner, Caulker, Taylor,
Kim, Cowie, Gunnarsson, Medel, Whittingham, Campbell.

Subs: Hudson, Odemwingie, Gestede, Noone, Mutch, Maynard, Moore.
Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire).

Championship latest

Blackburn are down to ten men in the east Lancashire derby at Burnley, Lee Williamson having been dismissed for a professional foul. But it's still 1-1 at Turf Moor in injury time so a draw looks the likely outcome.

Good afternoon everyone

And welcome to what, in some ways, feels like the opening day of the top-flight season. What with the international break, and the transfer window-closure that preceded it increasingly taking an undesirably prominent place in the early-season heat-generating, today feels like it's going to be all about New Faces, New Looks and the Sending Out Of Statements again. Rather than about, you know, the simple results of football matches and stuff.

But there's no getting away from the match that there are some notable debutants today for us, the nation's footballing perma-jabberers, to pronounce instant short-termist judgment on today. Mesut Özil's Arsenal debut will inevitably hoover up the most attention, while Samuel Eto'o might just get a look-in for Chelsea at some point. Here's what he had to say to Barry Glendenning about his change of heart about José Mourinho.

But there'll be deadline-day arrivals limbering up at grounds across the country, and we'll find out which of them are in starting line-ups shortly.

Tom will be here very shortly with all the team news

In the meantime, why not read what André Villas-Boas has had to say about Arsenal's transfer dealings:

André Villas-Boas has claimed that Arsenal "paid heavily" when signing Mesut Özil from Real Madrid, claiming that Tottenham and Manchester City were the two Premier League clubs who completed the best business in the summer transfer window.

Özil secured a move to Arsenal for £42.5m last week with hours to spare before the window closed and the Germany midfielder is expected to make his debut against Sunderland on Saturday at the Stadium of Light. It was the only major piece of business Arsenal completed during the summer while Spurs signed seven players for more than £100m, covered largely by Gareth Bale's move to Madrid for £86m, breaking their transfer record on three separate occasions.

Villas-Boas, whose side play Norwich City, described the Özil deal as a coup for Arsenal but still believes Tottenham's north London rivals may have paid over the odds.

"Real Madrid sold a player for €50m, a wonderful, gifted footballer and in the end Arsenal paid heavily for a player of that dimension," said Villas-Boas. "It's a €50m transfer for a No10 that nobody has any doubt over his ability.

You can read the rest here.


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