Arsenal ended their wait for a victory under new boss Unai Emery when they hammered Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham 3-1 at the Emirates.
Champions Manchester City handed Arsenal’s Emery a baptism of fire at the Emirates a fortnight ago. Defeat in a five-goal thriller at Chelsea last weekend put the Spaniard under pressure to finally get points on the board.
The Hammers who had spent a near £100 million on new players pre-season and are yet to have a point were the first to go in front in the battle at the Emirates. Thanks to Marco Arnautovic’s fine long-range strike.
However, after Nacho Monreal had levelled, Arsenal got the luck Emery needed to strike back as Issa Diop could only turn Alexandre Lacazette’s cross into his own net. Substitute Danny Welbeck, who came in for Pierre-Emery Aubameyang netted in stoppage time to wrap up a 3-1 win.
Aaron Ramsey said after the match: “It was difficult, it was my first 90 minutes – even through pre-season – so I am glad I got that in the system. We are progressing every game, it was open at times, but I am glad we got a win. He (Unai Emery) wants us to press high up the pitch”
In other matches, Leicester escaped with three full points at Southampton, winning 2-1, while Everton stumbled in their flying start to their new era under Marco Silva. They threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at Bournemouth and saw £50 million record signing Richarlison sent off.
Richarlison scored three goals in his first two Everton games to dismiss doubts over his price tag. But the Brazilian is now set to miss the next three games after seeing red for a soft headbutt on Charlie Daniels in the first half at Bournemouth.
Despite being a man down, Everton went in front via Theo Walcott before the numbers were evened up by a red card for Adam Smith.
Michael Keane doubled the visitors’ advantage but Bournemouth struck back to go level on points with City at the top of the table through Josh King’s penalty and Nathan Ake.
On an afternoon dominated by red cards, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s second booking for diving cost Southampton as Leicester came from behind to win 2-1 at St. Mary’s thanks to Harry Maguire’s deflected 92nd minute winner.
Huddersfield and Cardiff showed why they are favourites to be relegated in a 0-0 devoid of quality and only noteworthy for Jonathan Hogg’s dismissal.