The Premier League returned this weekend, with West Ham’s 2-0 victory over title hopefuls Arsenal the major talking point. Other significant results included Man City’s comprehensive 3-0 win against West Brom and reigning champions Chelsea surviving a scare to draw 2-2 with Welsh side Swansea.
16-year-old Reece Oxford made his Hammers debut and won the man of the match award when West Ham beat Arsenal 2-0 on Sunday. Despite being at home and favourites, the Gunners couldn’t get off to a strong start to the season due to goals from Kouyate and Zarate. Oxford gathered many admirers after an assured display in defensive midfield.
Raheem Sterling made his first appearance for Manchester City since his £49 million move from Liverpool, but he was overshadowed by the experienced Yaya Toure. The Ivorian grabbed two goals as City comfortably defeated West Brom 3-0, with David Silva also playing an important role on Monday night.
Chelsea did not perform so well and were lucky to scrape through with a draw against Swansea. With the scoreline at 2-1 to the Blues early in the second half, Thibaut Courtois brought down Bafetimbi Gomis on the edge of the area, subsequently receiving a red card. Gomis then put away the resulting penalty, and Swansea pushed on throughout the rest of the game, with Jefferson Montero piling the pressure upon the normally rock-solid Branislav Ivanovic. Chelsea escaped with a point, but manager Jose Mourinho will know a better performance will be needed against rivals Man City next week.
Claudio Ranieri’s first game as Leicester boss was a 4-2 victory over Sunderland, with Mahrez scoring twice. Liverpool returned to the scene of their 6-1 loss at the end of last season against Stoke, but a Philippe Coutinho wonder-goal meant the result was better for the Reds this time.
Watford were the most impressive of the promoted sides on the opening weekend, with a late Everton equaliser stopping them from receiving three points in a 2-2 draw. Rudy Gestede’s debut goal meant Aston Villa beat new-boys Bournemouth, and Norwich were beaten 3-1 at home to Crystal Palace.
The full results were:
West Brom 0-3 Man City
Leicester 4-2 Sunderland
Norwich 1-3 Crystal Palace
Arsenal 0-2 West Ham
Stoke 0-1 Liverpool
Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa
Man United 1-0 Tottenham
Chelsea 2-2 Swansea
Everton 2-2 Watford
Newcastle 2-2 Southampton