Following a two-week break for international commitments, the Premier League returned to centre stage this weekend, as the top-flight table begins to fully take shape.
Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford, which was billed as a reunion between bitter foes Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, concluded in a 1-1 draw after Olivier Giroud’s late equaliser for the North Londoners cancelled out Juan Mata’s earlier opener for the Red Devils.
Elsewhere, Yaya Toure’s brace ensured Manchester City gained maximum points away against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, while Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool were held on their travels to a goalless stalemate at Southampton.
Everton salvaged a share of the spoils against rock-bottom Swansea City at Goodison Park. Seamus Coleman’s last minute leveller denied the side from South Wales a win after Gylfi Sigurdsson had dispatched a first-half penalty.
Sunderland climbed off the foot of England’s top division after putting three past fellow strugglers Hull City at the Stadium of Light. Jermain Defoe, who scored the 150th Premier League goal of his career, edged David Moyes’ team ahead, prior to Victor Anichebe adding a brace in the following half.
Current champions Leicester City continue to struggle in the defence of their title. The Foxes are 14th after going down 2-1 away to Watford at Vicarage Road. Goals from Etienne Capoue and Roberto Pereyra in the first 12 minutes had the hosts in the ascendancy. Riyad Mahrez pulled one back from the spot, but City’s indifferent form continues to persist.
Nathan Ake’s first-half header earned AFC Bournemouth a 1-0 win at Stoke City, a result that moved the Cherries up to ninth.
In Saturday’s evening game, Tottenham Hotspur defeated West Ham United 3-2 in an enthralling London derby at White Hart Lane. Harry Kane’s double, including an injury-time penalty, decided the contest in the Lilywhites favour.
Chelsea moved back to the summit of the standings on Sunday. Diego Costa’s 41st minute strike was enough to beat Middlesbrough at the Riverside.
Shoot! takes a look at what is hot, and what is not from the weekend’s Premier League action.