Dominent wins for United and City but Chelsea look genuine title contenders

Updated: October 8, 2012

It was a good weekend for all the top clubs in England over the weekend with Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City registering wins as the Premier League starts to take shape but Chelsea stay four points ahead ahead of the International break.

Chelsea went temporarily seven points clear of their rivals with a commanding victory over out-of-form Norwich City and despite the early setback through Grant Holt’s early strike, Chelsea hit back like champions through Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic to give Chelsea a 4-1 rout. Chelsea have taken 19 out of a possible 21 points so far and Roberto Di Matteo’s men look extremely likely to better their 6th place finish last season and must be taken seriously regarding winning the Premier League title for the first time since 2009/2010.

Despite the doubters, Arsenal have started the season strong and gained a important victory over 3-1 West Ham United on Saturday evening with Santi Cazarla setting the world alight again with a brilliant third to confirm Arsenal’s win. Another plus for the Gunners is French striker Oliver Giroud scoring his first league goal after goal after going 303 minutes without scoring one. His performance confirmed that the former Montpellier striker has the ability to do well in England and he was understandably delighted to get his first league goal after the match. “I’m so happy to score the first goal and to assist my friend Theo(Arsenal’s second goal). I hope so many goals come after this. Everyone talked to me about the [lack of a] goal, but I kept confident and concentrated on the work in training and in the games.”

Premier League champions Manchester City easily dispatched Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium with a 3-0 victory through goals for Kolarov, Ageuro and Milner. In truth, Manchester City could and should have scored more against the only team to take points off them at the Etihad Stadium last season. Man City have been struggling both in domestic and abroad this season but this match confirmed that they still have the tools to win back-to-back Premier League titles.

Manchester United finished off the weekend with an excellent performance to beat Newcastle United at the Sports Direct Arena 3-0 on Sunday. Headers from Johnny Evans and Patrice Evra in the first 15 minutes silenced the Newcastle faithful and a curling shot/cross from England International Tom Cleverley nineteen minutes from time all but finished off a hard-working Newcastle side. The result puts United back in second place, ahead of Manchester City on goal difference but remain four points behind leaders Chelsea. Sir Alex Ferguson spoke to Sky Sports after the match and knows how important it was to get their fifth victory in seven Premier League games. “They were focused today(his Manchester United side). It’s not easy coming to Newcastle – they’re a big aggressive team” said the Scot. I’m pleased with the result and pleased with the performance.”

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