Mario Balotelli misses sitter - Premier League round-up

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It was another eventful Saturday in the Premier League and there was more than enough going on to drop fans' jaws - from defensive howlers in Arsenal's trip to Sunderland, Manchester City coming unstuck at West Ham and more Mario Balotelli controversy.

Probably the standout moment, or moments, was in Arsenal's 2-0 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Alexis Sanchez got a brace to secure a welcome three points for the Gunners, but he was given more than a little help.

Wes Brown gifted the opener with one of the worst back passes you will have ever seen and then Vito Mannone showed everyone how rubbish he is with the ball at his feet. On both occasions, Sanchez was there to profit and finish with aplomb.

It wasn't as bad as the 8-0 humbling they received last week, but this was another form of embarrassment for the hapless Black Cats, who actually defending quite well for much of the game.

Champions downed

Meanwhile at West Ham United 2-1 Manchester City, the home supporters in Upton Park were delirious after another sensational performance to take their winning streak in the Premier League to three.

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There was so much to talk about too: Sergio Aguero could arguably have been sent off for a nasty challenge but got nothing, David Silva halved the deficit with a sensational strike into the top corner and Diafra Sakho made it seven goals in seven starts.

However, the best moments happened outside the actual play, with a cheeky West ham mascot snubbing Joe Hart at the handshake and celebrity mouth Russell Brand gatecrashing Sam Allardyce's post-match interview to ply the Hammers boss with kisses - see them both here.

Mario can't buy a goal

Mario Balotelli's troubles continued, as did those of Liverpool at Anfield, where they could not find a way past a resolute Hull City defence in a frustrating goalless draw.

Daniel Sturridge cannot return soon enough for Brendan Rodgers, who saw his side follow up the 0-3 humiliation they were handed by Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday with a listless performance against Steve Bruce's side.

Balotelli had a golden opportunity to bag the winner during injury time and get the Kop on his side, but her fluffed his lines and the nightmare continues for the £16million summer arrival.

Best of the rest

Late drama at the Hawthorns during WBA 2-2 Crystal Palace saw the home side close a two-goal deficit. The much-maligned Victor Anichebe came on to change the game, scoring one and winning a penalty for in-form Saido Berahino to level.

Southampton's terrific form continued at home to Stoke City, where a Sadio Mane goal in the first half was enough for the victory. Three points and Manchester City's defeat meant Ronald Koeman's side leapfrogged the defending champions to go second in the league.

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