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Debutants make impact in the EPL


Record signing Mesut Ozil saw 80 minutes of game time in his debut for Arsenal as they defeated Sunderland away from home. Olivier Giroud got the visitors ahead in the 11th minute after he cooly finished off a pass from the former Madrid man.


Aaron Ramsey continued his sizzling start in the league after he got a brace in the second half to give the gunners a deserved 3 – 1 win at the Stadium of light.  Craig Gardeners 48th minute penalty was not enough to earn the Black Cats their first win of the season.


Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas guided his team to their third victory in four games after they dispatched Norwich City 2 – 0 at home. Former Ajax Amsterdam playmaker Christian Erikson showed great skill and presence on his debut and was involved in both goals.


Gylfi Sigurdsson found the back of the net in the 28th and 49th minutes of the game. Tottenham now lie second on the league log, they will face Cardiff City in their next game on the 22nd of September.


Aston Villa lost 2 – 1 at home to Newcastle, the Magpies were ahead in the 18th minute courtesy a Hatem Ben Arfa goal. The hosts levelled in the 67th minute through a Christian Benteke header, but the lead was quickly cut shot in the 73rd minute as Yoan Gouffran tap in from close range after hammers keeper Brad Guzan failed to deal with a Hatem Ben Arfa shot.


Elsewhere Gareth Macualey scored West Brom’s first goal of the season in stoppage time to earn them a 1 – 1 draw at Fulham. Fulham took the lead through Steve Sidwell after the Baggies defence failed to clear a header from a corner, the ball found Steve Sidwell in the box and he rifled it past Boaz Myhill in goal. Dimitar Bertatov scored but the assistant referee ruled it out for offside.


Premier league returnees Cardiff and Hull City shared the spoils in a 1 – 1 draw at the KC Stadium. Curtis Davies headed in a Tom Huddlestone cross in the 40th minute to give the Tigers the lead. A good start to the second half paid off when Peter Wittingham volleyed in the equaliser on the hour mark.


At the Britannia, Mark Hughes held his former team Manchester City to a goalless draw. Manuel Pellegrini made six changes to his squad ahead of the Champions League games in mid-week. Stephan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo were handed their first starts but the pair failed to beat Potters keeper Asmir Begovic.


Stoke City looked the much better side throughout the game but heroics from City shot stopper Joe kept the game at 0 – 0. New Stoke signing Marco Arnuatovic almost found the net in injury time but he shot over Hart’s goal.


Jose Mourinho suffered his first premier league loss at the hands of Everton at the Goodison Park. Birthday boy Steven Naismith scored to give Roberto Martinez his first win of the season.


By Edmund Bobie

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