Theo Walcott (pictured) scored three times before the hour mark as Arsenal blasted ten-man Blackpool 6-0 at the Emirates. Andrei Arshavin converted a penalty while Abou Diaby and Maroune Chamakh scored goals for the Gunners in their home debut. Just last weekend the Seasiders were trouncing Wigan but this weekend’s foe was a much different opponent. Arsenal were much more polished than in their opener last week against Liverpool, pouring in goals and easing to victory.
At the Britannia Stadium, Gareth Bale’s first half brace was enough to give Tottenham Hotspur their first victory of the season, 2-1 over Stoke City. The Potters equalized after Bale’s first when Ricardo Fuller scored his first of the season, but Bale hit back just five minutes later to score what would be the winner. The win was an important one for Spurs, given that Stoke are one of the top five most difficult places to play away in the Premier League. Combining that with their mid-week debacle in Berne in the Champions League, three away points should make Harry Redknapp much happier.
Craig Gardner scored a brace of his own to lead Birmingham City past Blackburn Rovers, 2-1 at St. Andrews. Steven N’Zonzi gave the visitors the lead on 54 minutes but Gardner’s goals on 57 and 71 minutes were enough to give Brum the come-from-behind victory. The loss, even away, is a disappointment for Rovers after their opening day victory against Everton Last week.
Newly signed Peter Odemwingie scored the game winner on his debut for West Bromich Albion in a 1-0 home win against Sunderland at the Hawthorns. Just signed on Thursday, the Nigerian international recorded his first Premier League goal on 81 minutes to give the Baggies their first victory since promotion and pick up their first points of the season. The Black Cats now have just one point from their first two, hardly the start Steve Bruce and company were expecting.
A Matthew Upson own-goal and a Johan Elmander brace got visitors Bolton Wanderers past West Ham United 3-1 at the Boleyn Ground. The Hammers’ poor start continues having lost each of their first two matches. The Trotters have a much better start to their name, though it seems that defeating West Ham might not be the most difficult task in this 2010/11 season.
Finally, a Sylvan Ebanks-Blake equalizer in the 74th minute gave Wolverhampton Wanderers an unlikely draw away to Everton, 1-1 at Goodison Park. Tim Cahill’s first half goal seemingly had the Toffees good for their first victory of the season. But the Wolves’ striker’s goal just fifteen minutes from time kept the visitors’ undefeated start alive and prevented Everton from winning their first.