Danny Welbeck opened his Arsenal account as the side bounced back from their disappointment in the midweek’s Champions League opening group game to comfortably beat Aston Villa 3-0 a Villa Park.
Papiss Cisse salvaged a point for Newcastle United at home to Hull City as pressure continues to mount on manager Alan Pardew at St. James’ Park.
Southampton moved up to second following their 1-0 win at ten-man Swansea.
Burnley and Sunderland played out a goalless draw at Turf Moor.
Aston Villa 0-3 Arsenal
Arsene Wenger needed a quick response from his side on the back of Tuesday’s dismal show away to Borussia Dortmund in the Uefa Champions League and didn’t have to wait later than a five-minute rampant display in the first-half to have a smile on his face.
It was Game, Set and Match for the ‘Gunners’ after the opening 45 minutes against the previously in-form Aston Villa, fresh from an impressive 1-0 win at Liverpool.
Mesut Ozil opened scoring with a rare away goal three minutes after the half-hour mark. The Germany midfielder, who has come under heavy fire for his recent form, emphatically side-footed into the net from Welbeck’s superb through-ball.
The ex-Manchester United striker continued his impressive record against Aston Villa, firing into the top corner of the net from Ozil’s cross down the left- his fourth in last three league start against Paul Lambert’s side.
Villa paid for their ridiculous defending again as summer signing Aly Cissokho buried the ball inside his own net while trying to prevent Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from meeting a Kieran Gibbs delivery from the edge of the box.
Burnley 0-0 Sunderland
Burnley and Sunderland secured a point from their goalless stalemate at Turf Moore.
Newcastle United 2-2 Hull City
Senegalese striker Cisse helped Newcastle fightback from Nikica Jelavic’s and Mohamed Diame’s second-half efforts in front of some disgruntled ‘Toon Armies’, who were as audible and visible as possible in their campaign to get Pardew out.
Croatian Jelavic buried into the far corner from 15 yards an inch perfect acrobatic effort four minutes after the break to pull the visitors ahead.
Hull summer signing from West Ham Diame doubled the lead on 68 minutes, his terrific 25 yards shot ricocheting off inside of the goalpost into the back of the net.
Cisse made case for the embattled Pardew with a 73rd minute goal, lashing home Chieck Tiote’s fine pass at the near post. He then smashed home from close range Yoan Gouffran’s nod down from Moussa Sissoko’s delivery.
Swansea City 0-1 Southampton
Southampton continued their impressive start to the season with a win away to Swansea.
The Welsh club’s striker Wilfried Bony was sent off after two first-half bookings.
Kenya international Victor Wanyama scored his first goal for the ‘Saints’ in the 80th minute to settle the difference and help Roenald Koeman’s side move up to second.