Premier League Roundup: Arsenal, Manchester United and Spurs all win (video)


Week 4 saw the busiest Saturday of the Premier League season so far, so you may have missed one or two things as goals flew in, red cards were brandished, penalties were given and plenty of controversy happened across the stadiums in England.

But don’t fret, that’s why we’re here.

There were eight pulsating clashes on Saturday and even though we know you’re all hardcore soccer fans, it’s impossible to keep a close eye on all of them. So we have a quick recap of the important plays, goals and moments as well as video highlights.

Also if you fancy watching a full-game replay of every single PL game, it’s right here. Sound good?

Catch up on all of Saturday’s Premier League action here, while you tuck into you’re breakfast.

Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle United – Recap

The Magpies made it two straights wins as Alan Pardew’s men took the lead through Hatem Ben Arfa before Christian Benteke equalized for Villa. But Yoan Gouffran snatched all three points to send the Newcastle fans happy on their long journey north.

Everton 1-0 Chelsea – Recap

What a huge first victory for Roberto Martinez in charge at Everton. Steven Naismith gave the home side a much-needed win against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. The Toffees are unbeaten in four and are looking solid after new additions like Gareth Barry shone.

Fulham 1-1 West Brom – Recap

A disappointing afternoon for the Cottagers as they let all three points slip through the grasp in stoppage time. West Brom defender Gareth McAuley headed home late on to cancel out Steve Sidwell’s first half strike. Chants of “Jol Out” were heard at full time, could this be a bad season for Fulham?

Hull 1-1 Cardiff City – Recap

The two newly-promoted teams battled it out at the KC Stadium and a respectable draw was the outcome. The Tigers took the lead early on through Curtis Davies but Cardiff got a deserved point thanks to Peter Whittingham’s cool finish.

Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace – Recap

A routine win, in the end, for United as David Moyes got his first home league victory in charge of the Red Devils. The crucial moment came on the stroke of half time as Dikagcoi was shown a red card and United were given a penalty after the Palace midfielder took down Ashely Young. Robin van Persie scored from the spot and Wayne Rooney added a late free kick to put some gloss on the scoreline.

Stoke City 0-0 Manchester City – Recap

Manchester City still have never won at the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League. A fifth straight draw between these two at Stoke on Saturday but the home side could have won the game but Joe Hart came to the Citizen’s rescue.

Sunderland 1-3 Arsenal – Recap

One of the best games of the season so far as both teams went for it at the Stadium of Light. Arsenal tore Sunderland to shreds in the first half with debutant Mesut Ozil setting up Olivier Giroud perfectly to open the score. The Black Cats scored an early second half penalty via Craig Gardner and pushed the Gunners hard. But Aaron Ramsey popped up to score twice in quick succession and sandwiched inbetween all that was a controversial disallowed goal from Jozy Altidore. Great game.

Tottenham 2-0 Norwich City – Recap

Spurs continued their impressive start to the season without Gareth Bale. Christian Eriksen looks like a terrific player and he set up Gylfi Sigurdsson for the opener and the Icelandic international added a second goal after the break as Tottenham downed the Canaries at White Hart Lane.

“Overweight” Costa comes to Mourinho’s defense

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Diego Costa says he and his Chelsea teammates are to blame for Chelsea’s horrid start to the 2015-16 Premier League season.

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Speaking Thursday, during a bit of downtime over the current international break (Costa was left out of Vicente del Bosque’s squad for Spain’s final two EURO 2016 qualifiers this week), Costa placed the majority of blame at the feet of the entire team, but went on to most harshly critique himself for coming into the season unfocused and “overweight.”

Costa, on his lack of fitness and form to begin the season — quotes from the Guardian:

“We know we’re not in the form we were supposed to be at the beginning of the season. We need to blame the players because we came back from holiday very confident, thinking we could go back into how it was last season, and then realized the team was already in a bad situation.

“I’m going to be very honest: maybe a few weeks ago, five or six weeks ago, I was not on top of my game. At least physically. We talk within the players and we know that, maybe at the beginning, we were not 100 percent as we were supposed to be when we got here. I got injured at the end of last season and then I went on holiday. Maybe I got out of my diet and, when I came back, I was not the way I was supposed to be. I was a little bit overweight. That affected my game. You can be selfish and blame it on the manager but I’m not going to do that. I’m responsible 100%, and so are the other guys.

Given that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said on Thursday he doesn’t quite know what’s wrong with the defending Premier League champions, hearing someone — anyone — speak up and explain the club’s worst start to a season in 37 years will surely be a welcome sound to any Blues supporter’s ears.

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Costa, who is eligible to return from suspension next weekend when Aston Villa visit Stamford Bridge, has scored just one goal in league play this season (six appearances) after scoring 20 in 26 games last season.

Sam Allardyce to open talks with Sunderland

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Now that Liverpool have selected and named their new manager, it appears Sunderland are finally ready to move forward with their own managerial search. (That’s clearly a joke, because it implies Liverpool and Sunderland ever duke it out for the same managerial candidate.)

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Anyway, the Black Cats will have to hire someone to replace the recently-departed Dick Advocaat at some point. We all knew that, despite the fact he’s probably earned a shot at that level, Bob Bradley was never really going to be considered for the job. With that in mind, if you’re not going to endear yourself to the entire United States of America with this hire, you might as well go for the best unemployed manager who’ll actually consider your approach.

That’s what Sunderland chairman Ellis Short appears to have done, as it was reported Thursday that despite an initial reluctance from Sam Allardyce — let’s be honest, he actually was holding out hope for the Liverpool job — the 60-year-old most recently in charge of West Ham United was willing and ready to enter into negotiations with the northeastern club.

One of the major sticking points during Sunderland’s courting of Allardyce is expected to be his demand for autonomy in the transfer market as well as a sizable transfer budget to sign his own players during the January window.

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Allardyce seems like the no. 1 guy you’d like to bring in to steady a capsized ship — cough Sunderland cough — in any situation. Not only does he have a successful track record in the Premier League, but he’s the kind of no-nonsense leader a club like Sunderland so desperately needs as they find themselves in yet another relegation battle just eight games into the new season.

Short hopes to have Allardyce signed, sealed and delivered when the Premier League returns to action next weekend. In that event, Allardyce’s first game in charge of Sunderland would be a trip to West Bromwich Albion. His first home fixture? Home to Tyne-Wear derby rivals Newcastle United, a club whose boisterous fanbase still holds a great deal of disdain for Big Sam. Sometimes the football gods really are looking out for us.