English Premier League: Chelsea slips, Mesut Ozil lifts Arsenal
Samuel Eto'o quiet in debut. Wayne Rooney scores in Man United victory.
Mesut Ozil, making his Arsenal debut, heads the ball away from Sunderland's Ki Sung-Yeung in Saturday's match.
Jose Mourinho endured his first Premier League loss since returning to Chelsea, and Manchester City was frustrated in a draw at Stoke.
For Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham, however, there were routine victories as the league swung back into action for the first time since the transfer window closed in the international break.
Samuel Eto'o failed to make an immediate scoring impact in his Chelsea debut as Steven Naismith gave Everton a 1-0 win.
Naismith headed into the net from close range in first-half stoppage time on his 27th birthday after Nikica Jelavic nodded the ball across to the forward.
While it was Roberto Martinez's first win as Everton manager after three draws, Chelsea has two wins in four league matches since Mourinho returned after six years.
“We didn't deserve to lose because we were the best team, because we played the best football because we dominated the whole game,” Mourinho said.
Arsenal reaped some early rewards from its decision to spend a club-record $66 million on Mesut Ozil on transfer deadline day two weeks ago. The German playmaker set up Olivier Giroud for the opener before in-form Aaron Ramsey scored twice in a 3-1 win at Sunderland. United States striker Jozy Altidore was denied a goal for Sunderland that would have made it 2-2.
Manchester City's mixed start to the season continued by scraping out a 0-0 draw at Stoke. United was also far from fluent in a 2-0 home win over Crystal Palace that turned on a contentious decision to send off Kagisho Dikgacoi in the 43rd minute for a foul on Ashley Young.
Despite the challenge coming outside the area, a penalty was awarded — and converted by Robin van Persie — before Wayne Rooney curled in an 81st-minute free kick to hand David Moyes his first win at Old Trafford. Rooney was playing with a thick headband to cover a deep cut to the forehead sustained in a training ground incident two weeks ago.
Tottenham began life without Gareth Bale, who joined Real Madrid two weeks ago, by outclassing Norwich 2-0 with a double from Gylfi Sigurdsson. Arsenal and Tottenham are level on nine points while the Manchester rivals both are on 7.
Newcastle beat Aston Villa 2-1 away for its second victory in a row, West Bromwich Albion claimed its first point of the season with a 1-1 draw at Fulham, and promoted sides Hull and Cardiff drew 1-1.