Agony for Mourinho as Chelsea lose at Everton; Ozil makes impact in Arsenal win
Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea homecoming party turned sour as Everton inflicted a first Premier League defeat on the Portuguese since he returned in the close-season, winning 1-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Steven Naismith celebrated his 27th birthday by heading the winner in first-half injury time before the hosts clung on with a gritty rearguard display to secure their first victory of the campaign after three straight draws.
On a day of debuts, Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal fans a glimpse of his creative talents in a comfortable 3-1 win at Sunderland and Chelsea handed a first start to Samuel Eto’o but he fluffed a host of good chances.
It was a similar story for Manchester City whose costly attacking recruits misfired in a goalless stalemate at Stoke City.
Champions Manchester United laboured to a 2-0 win over 10-man Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur’s Gylfi Sigurdsson netted twice as they beat Norwich City by the same scoreline.
Newcastle United’s Hatem Ben Arfa grabbed one goal and created another in a 2-1 victory at Aston Villa. Hull City against Cardiff City and Fulham against West Bromwich Albion both ended 1-1.
Arsenal top the table with nine points, ahead of Tottenham and Liverpool on goal difference. Manchester City, United and Chelsea are fourth, fifth and sixth respectively on seven points.