Darren Bent (pictured) tapped in an injury-time equalizer to amazingly, and perhaps undeservedly, eke out a 1-1 draw with ten-man Arsenal at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Cesc Fàbregas had given the visitors an early lead but Bent’s last-second goal robbed the Gunners of three important away points. Alex Song was sent off on 55 minutes for Arsenal, leaving them exposed for most of the second half, yet it was a fluke bounce that gave Bent the chance to beat Manuel Almunia and get the home point.
At Villa Park, Ashley Young was canceled out by Kevin Davies as Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers played to a 1-1 draw. The shared points keep both sides stuck in the middle of the table in a game both hoped to use as a springboard toward further victories. Instead, both sides will rue the chance to get a positive result in this early season game.
Hatem Ben Arfa scored his first Premier League goal against Everton to give Newcastle United a 1-0 away victory at Goodison Park. The new signing from Olympique de Marseille notched is first goal just moments before half-time and the lead held. The three points for Toon were very important given their shockingly poor performance at home to Blackpool just last weekend. Meanwhile Everton have just two points to show for their first five games, good for nineteenth place and memories of their disastrous start to last season.
Three goals in the final thirteen minutes saw Tottenham Hotspur come from behind to defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 at White Hart Lane. Steven Fletcher gave the visitors the lead just before half-time and was not equalized until Rafael Van Der Vaart scored a penalty in the 77th minute. Roman Pavlyuchenko earned the home side a lead in the 87th minute and Alan Hutton closed it out with his 90th minute goal. Spurs jump way up the table to fifth place with the three points while Wolves dip to fifteenth.
Clint Dempsey’s second half goal earned a tough away point for Fulham in a 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. Christopher Samba scored the opener on the half-hour but Dempsey equalized in the 56th minute to give the Cottagers an important draw in a difficult game, their first without striker Bobby Zamora. Fulham keep up near the top with a seventh place position and take the two points off of Rovers’ attempt to move into the top ten. Instead Blackburn sit in fourteenth.
And West Bromich Albion scored three second half goals to earn a nice 3-1 game over visiting Birmingham City at the Hawthorns. Cameron Jerome scored for Brum in the fifteenth minute, a lead the visitors would hold until the 51st, when Scott Dann gave the home side an own-goal to get them going. Just eight minutes later Peter Odemwingie scored again for the Baggies and Jonas Olsson scored in the 69th minute to complete the victory for Albion. Three points send West Brom to tenth place, a fine position for a promoted side, while Brum slip to twelfth.