Liverpool's re-emergence as a major force in English Premier League soccer continues apace under Kenny Dalglish, after a 2-0 win against unlucky Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
In an evenly matched game, the sending off of promising Arsenal debutant Emmanuel Frimpong turned things Liverpool's way. A freakish own goal by Aaron Ramsay, who got in the way of team-mate Ignasi Miguel's clearance, gave the Reds the lead. Uruguayan Luis Suarez doubled the away side's advantage when he finished off a good passing move, though the goal had a hint of offside about it. The defeat heaped more misery on an Arsenal side still reeling from the departure of captain Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona earlier in the week.
Newcastle United secured their first English Premier League win of the season at their local rivals Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. In a fiercely fought North East derby, it was surprising that Sunderland's Phil Bardsley was the only player to be dismissed. Ryan Taylor's curling free-kick secured the three points for the Geordies in a 1-0 win.
Queens Park Rangers recovered from their 4-0 hammering by Bolton Wanderers on the opening day of the English Premier League season, gaining their first win since their return to the top flight. A neat finish by Tommy Smith was enough to give the Londoners a 1-0 win against Everton at Goodison Park. The home side were subsequently booed off the pitch by disgruntled fans.
Chelsea's new boss Andre Villas-Boas saw his side win for the first time under his command in the English Premier League, as they came from a goal down to beat West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge. In the first half, Shane Long capitalized on an Alex error to put the Baggies ahead, but the recalled Nicolas Anelka equalized with an angled shot in the second half. Fellow Frenchman Florent Malouda secured the points for the home side late in the game.
Alex McLeish soon won over Aston Villa's fans after leaving local rivals Birmingham City in the summer. Against Blackburn Rovers, a sublime curling effort by Gabriel Agbonlahor lit up Villa Park, and a good finish from Emile Heskey put Villa in charge. Morten Gamst Pedersen's header gave Rovers hope, before Darren Bent's left-foot drive gave the home side a comfortable win.
The first English Premier League game ever to be played in Wales ended with the home side, Swansea City, relying on goalkeeper Michel Vorm's penalty save from Ben Watson to give them a fortunate point in a goalless draw with Wigan Athletic.