Liverpool remain top of the Barclays Premier League at the conclusion of week four, following an entertaining 2-2 draw with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.
Former Red Jonjo Shelvey played a part in all four goals – scoring one and setting up Michu for the other. However two lacklustre passes allowed Daniel Sturridge and Victor Moses to score for the visitors, as former boss Brendan Rodgers also returned to his old club.
They now lead Arsenal by a point after Aaron Ramsey’s double inspired them to a 3-1 win at the Stadium of Light, which sent Sunderland to the bottom of the table.
Mesut Ozil made an immediate impact since his club-record deadline-day move, as he set up Olivier Giroud for his fourth league goal of the season already and his first outside London.
Marouane Fellaini also enjoyed a winning debut as Manchester United made light work of 10-man Crystal Palace, overcoming Ian Holloway’s side 2-0 at Old Trafford.
The awarding of a penalty for the first goal was controversial though. Even though Kagisho Dikgacoi clearly brought down Ashley Young resulting in a red card for the Palace man, the initial contact took place outside the penalty area.
Robin van Persie converted before Wayne Rooney – playing in a head-guard following the recent gash he received – scored a brilliant free-kick to seal the victory.
Christian Eriksen was another impressive debutant, as Gylfi Sigurdsson scored both goals for Tottenham Hotspur in their routine 2-0 victory over Norwich City at White Hart Lane.
Gareth Barry also enjoyed his Everton bow in a 1-0 win over Chelsea, with Steven Naismith’s header providing Roberto Martinez’s first victory and condemning Jose Mourinho to a first defeat of his second spell in charge.
Barry’s former club Aston Villa saw their deadline-day signing Libor Kozak endure a tough baptism to life in England, as Hatem Ben Arfa inspired Newcastle United to a 2-1 win at Villa Park.
Villa old-boy Steve Sidwell marked his 400th appearance with a goal in Fulham’s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion at Craven Cottage. Gareth McAuley scored the Baggies’ first goal of the season to earn them their first point and lift from the foot of the table.
Elsewhere promoted sides Hull City and Cardiff City played out a 1-1 draw at the KC Stadium.
Meanwhile Stoke City held Manchester City to a 0-0 draw at the Britannia, while the same scoreline at St Mary’s earned Southampton and West Ham United a point.
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