West Bromich Albion recorded one of the more unlikely victories of the season, 3-2 away to Arsenal at the Emirates. Peter Odemwingie (pictured), Gonzalo Jara and Jerome Thomas all scored second half goals to go 3-0 up against the utterly stunned Gunners. Two Samir Nasri goals over the final fifteen minutes brought the score back to respectability for Arsenal, but the failure to pick up any points at all on a weekend when Chelsea failed to win is a major disappointment. For Albion, the three points send them all the way to sixth place.
A Darren Bent brace was enough to earn Sunderland a big away draw against Liverpool at Anfield Road, 2-2. Dirk Kuyt and Steven Gerrard goals sandwiched Bent’s double and shared the points. The Reds are in big trouble with just six points from six, leaving them in fifteenth place. The Black Cats are only marginally better with seven points from six, though that is good enough for eleventh place.
Frédéric Piquionne scored his first goal of the season as West Ham United got their first victory, 1-0 over Tottenham Hotspur at the Boleyn Ground. Avram Grant brought Piquionne over from Portsmouth but the Frenchman had not yet scored this season. His 29th minute goal was good for three points for the struggling Hammers, their first victory of the young season. Even with full points, West Ham are still in nineteenth place. Meanwhile Spurs have suffered a terrible week, losing in the Carling Cup to North London rivals Arsenal and now on the weekend to city rivals West Ham. Failure to earn points leave Spurs in a disappointing eighth place.
An injury-time goal from Brett Emerton got Blackburn Rovers full points away to Blackpool, 2-1 at Bloomfield Road. Charlie Adam’s 20th minute own-goal was the difference for Rovers until teenager Matt Philipps equalized for the home side just five minutes from time. Emerton got the last word, sending Blackburn racing up the table to ninth place. The difficult loss leaves the Seasiders in fourteenth.
Fulham left Craven Cottage blushing after their failure to score against Everton in a nil-nil draw. The seventh place Cottagers will rue the missed opportunity to earn points at the expense of the supremely struggling Toffees. A point for Everton is not a poor result away to Fulham, especially this season, but it does leave them as the dead last side once again, in a terrible reminder of how horribly last season started.
Similarly, Birmingham City will be frustrated by a nil-nil result against visiting Wigan Athletic at St. Andrews. Brum had Craig Gardner sent off in the 89th minute, a damaging loss for their next matches, though in the end they did hold on to the home point. That is enough to get the Blues to thirteenth place, while Wigan are currently just on the edge of the relegation zone in seventeenth.