Premiership results 16-17 September

Manchester United 0-1 Arsenal ( Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor)

United’s four match winning streak came to an abrupt end as Arsenal won at Old Trafford for the first time since Sylvain Wiltord fired home the winner 4 years ago. United paid the price for negativity, and were restricted to their own half, especially in large parts of the second half. Playing O’Shea in midfield baffled me, when Carrick could have started. It was in midfield that Arsenal won most of their battles. Cesc Fabregas had a fine day, but MOM for me is Jens Lehmann.

Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool ( Didier Drogba)

Again Chelsea prove that you need not play excellent soccer to gain all three points. The goal that clinched it was worthy of a winning goal though. Michael Ballack gets sent off for the first time in the Premiership. Liverpool will rue the many chances they had, especially Gerrard and Kuyt.

Blackburn 4-2 Manchester City ( Trevor Sinclair own goal, Morten Gamst Pedersen, Benni McCarthy, Paul Gallagher//Joey Barton, Andre Oojer own goal)

A game with lots of goals and an own goal from both sides, don’t think we have seen that in this season at all. Blackburn pull themselves out of the mire, whereas City continue to flirt dangerously with relegation.

Tottenham 0-0 Fulham

Spurs continued their unimpressive start to the season with a goalless draw against Fulham at home.

West Ham 0-2 Newcastle (Damien Duff, Obafemi Martins)

Newcastle continued their excellent record against the Hammers with a 2-0 win. Damien Duff scored the first in the 49th minute. A defensive miscommunication between Lee Bowyer and Danny Gabbidon saw Obafemi Martins score his first goal of the season for the Tynesiders.

Bolton 0-0 Middlesbrough

Another goalless draw. All eyes were on Nicolas Anelka, but he could not find any opening for his side.

Charlton 0-1 Portsmouth ( Lomana LuaLua)

Portsmouth continued their dream start with a 1-0 victory over Alan Curbishley’s Charlton, thanks to a 74 th minute strike by substitute Lomana LuaLua. The result saw Pompey climb to first, and they will stay there for the next few days thanks to Manchester United’s loss.

Everton 2-2 Wigan ( Andy Johnson, James Beattie//Paul Scharner*2)

This game saw 4 goals in the second half after a goalless first half. Austrian Paul Scharner saved the day for Wigan with his brace. Andy Johnson, clearly enjoying his second stint in the Premiership, added a goal to his tally while James Beattie did the needful from the spot.

Watford 0-0 Aston Villa

This game was the third goalless draw this week, but wasn’t devoid of action. Watford strove hard to gain three points at home, with three out of the next four being away. Villa dominated the first half, but inexperience often told at the end, especially in Luke Moore. Watford battered Villa in the second half, but Thomas Sorensen pulled off some cracking saves to keep them at bay.

The Sheffield United vs Reading game was already covered by me as a full review, so I won’t go into the details of that one.

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