PREMIER LEAGUE WRAP: Arsenal go three in a row, Stoke hold Man City, Man Utd crack first home win under Moyes

Arsenal made it three victories in a row to go top of the Barclays Premier League table courtesy of a 3-1 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
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Arsenal made it three victories in a row to go top of the Barclays Premier League table courtesy of a 3-1 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Club record signing Mesut Ozil starred on debut for the Gunners, setting up the opening goal for Olivier Giroud, with a classy touchy and quality ball for the Frenchman to sweep home in the 11th minute.

The German playmaker was also the orchestrator of some more killer balls, particularly on two occasions to Theo Walcott, who was unable to finish.

Sunderland hit back early in the second half when Craig Gardner converted from the penalty spot after Laurent Koscielny, for the second time this season, was penalised for a tackle in the box this time on Adam Johnson.

In the 67th minute, Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey fired home a spectacular volley from just inside the area to restore the lead before the Black Cats were cruelly denied another leveller when Jozy Altidore outmuscled Bacary Sagna to slot past Wojciech Szczesny but referee Martin Atkinson called a free-kick without paying advantage.

In the end, however, Arsenal set up a two-goal lead when Ramsey netted a second from close range after good lead-up passing from Ozil and then Giroud.

Arsenal’s North London rivals Tottenham, now without Gareth Bale, moved into second spot with a 2-0 victory over Norwich City at White Hart Lane thanks to a double from Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The Icelandic attacking midfielder opened the scoring in the 28th minute when he received a clever ball from debutant Christian Eriksen before doubling the home side’s advantage five minutes into the second half by thumping home a back post ball from Paulinho from close range.

Reigning champions Manchester United produced their first Premier League victory under David Moyes at Old Trafford with a 2-0 triumph over Crystal Palace.

Robin van Persie netted his third of the campaign on the stroke of half-time when he sent Julian Speroni the wrong way from the spot after Kagisho Dikgacoi was sent off for denying Ashley Young, who had earlier been booked for diving, a clear goalscoring opportunity.

£27.5million signing Marouane Fellaini almost scored a brilliant goal after coming on for his debut in the second half but it was Wayne Rooney who added a second, scoring with a curling free-kick in the 81st minute.

Elsewhere, Newcastle United made it two in a row by beating Aston Villa 2-1 away with Hatem Ben Arfa and Yoan Gouffran on the scoresheet while Christian Benteke netted his fourth of the season for the losing side.

Everton surprised Chelsea with a 1-0 result at Goodison Park thanks to Steven Naismith’s first-half header, Gareth McAuley scored an injury-time equaliser for West Bromwich Albion who denied Fulham 1-1 at Craven Cottage and Cardiff City held Hull City to a 1-1 draw at the KC Stadium.

Stoke City extended their unbeaten streak to three matches when they held Manchester City to a 0-0 draw at the Britannia Stadium which was the same scoreline in West Ham United’s trip to Southampton on Sunday.

Monday night wraps up the round with 18th-placed Swansea City hosting Liverpool at the Liberty Stadium which gives the Reds the chance to go a game clear on top of the standings.

2013/14 Barclays Premier League scores

Manchester United: 2 (Robin van Persie (p) 45+1’, Wayne Rooney 81’)
Crystal Palace: 0 (red card: Kagisho Dikgacoi 44’)
Old Trafford, Manchester – 75,102

Aston Villa: 1 (Christian Benteke 67’)
Newcastle United: 2 (Hatem Ben Arfa 18’, Yoan Gouffran 73’)
Villa Park, Birmingham – 37,554

Fulham: 1 (Steve Sidwell 22’)
West Bromwich Albion: 1 (Gareth McAuley 90+2’)
Craven Cottage, London – 25,560

Hull City: 1 (Curtis Davies 40’)
Cardiff City: 1 (Peter Whittingham 59’)
KC Stadium, Hull – 21,949

Stoke City: 0
Manchester City: 0
Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent – 25,052

Sunderland: 1 (Craig Gardner (p) 48’)
Arsenal: 3 (Olivier Giroud 11’, Aaron Ramsey 67’/76’)
Stadium of Light, Sunderland – 39,055

Tottenham: 2 (Gylfi Sigurdsson 28’/49’)
Norwich City: 0
White Hart Lane, London – 35,952

Everton: 1 (Steven Naismith 45+1’)
Chelsea: 0
Goodison Park, Liverpool – 36,034

Southampton: 0
West Ham United: 0
St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton – 28,794

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