1. HOME IS WHERE THE HURT IS FOR UNITED
Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday leaves them with one win in their opening four home matches. It is their joint-worst return since the inception of the Premier League. David Moyes's side occupy eighth place, and are as near the bottom as the top of the standings, a full eight points behind Arsenal with only eight games of the season run. They need to get their act together at Old Trafford soon or their title defence is going to be over before Christmas.
2. OZIL A BARGAIN WHO IS FUELLING ARSENAL'S BID FOR THE TITLE
The signing of Mesut Ozil was a watershed moment for the Gunners, elevating their play on the pitch and the perception of the club off it. Arsenal are playing with the flair and arrogance of old, and their 4-1 win over Norwich was a stunning exhibition of their capabilities. It wasn’t the most dominant performance, but the quality of the goals were exceptional and few can now doubt that Arsene Wenger has a team that can win a trophy this season. Ozil was a bargain buy at £42 million. More so when you consider Gareth Bale cost Real Madrid over £80m. Little wonder Real Madrid fans were so sorry to see the back of the little German pass master.
3. ETO'O FINALLY MAKES A TELLING CONTRIBUTION TO CHELSEA CAUSE
Chelsea's first goal in a 4-1 win over Cardiff was scored after 33 minutes by Eden Hazard after Samuel Eto'o cynically nipped in to steal the ball from Cardiff keeper David Marshall as he was bouncing it. The visiting players protested but the goal stood before promoted City, who had taken an early lead through Jordan Mutch, were sunk by three second-half strikes. "At the time I did not see it but I have been in to see the referee," said the fuming Cardiff manager Malky Mackay. "Our goalkeeper bounced the ball, he saw the player standing there. The referee is saying he heard from his linesman that he dropped the ball. He said if the goalkeeper bounces the ball it is a foul on him. It's a huge mistake, a horrendous error. The officials have got it wrong between them and it has cost us. We went in 1-1 at half-time instead of being 1-0 up." They said Eto'o lost his competitive edge when going to Russia to play for money - but they were wrong.
4. FANS CONTINUE TO FIND A WAY TO MISBEHAVE IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE ERA
David Bryan was running the line in front of the Spurs fans located in the Doug Ellis Stand and was hit by a smoke bomb thrown after Andros Townsend opened the scoring in the first half of Spurs' 2-0 win at Aston Villa. . The restart after the 31st-minute goal was delayed after the incident but Bryan, who appeared to have been hit on the back of the neck, was fit to continue. The Football Association have already announced an investigation and two arrests were made. To be honest, the Premier League could have done without this kind of nonsense, but at least swift action has been taken.
5. GUS POYET FACES A TOUGHER JOB THAN HE THOUGHT
A 4-0 drubbing at Swansea was not the type of outcome Guy Poyet was looking for in his first match as Sunderland manager since succeeding the sacked Paolo Di Canio. The Swans had not won on home soil in eight Premier League games and were frustrated by the Black Cats during a goalless first half before the roof caved in. The Uruguayan said: "I learnt a lot from my players, particularly in the second half. My team talk at half-time was all about the ball and what we needed to do better with it to go and create something more. The rest of the game I was very pleased with as we had worked on being well organised and difficult to beat. Then we got to the second half and we did completely the opposite. It's difficult to explain. We have no other option than to work and turn that (first-half) performance into 90 minutes as soon as possible, as time and games will pass by with us still at the bottom." Next week? Newcastle United at home.
6. UNITED SHOULD HAVE MAYBE GONE FOR THE NEW EVERTON BOSS RATHER THAN THE OLD ONE
Everton have joined the frantic jostle for places at the top half of the table after their 2-1 home win over Hull City. Should Manchester United have opted for Roberto Martinez ahead of David Moyes in the summer? Everton's passing style of play is certainly winning admirers. The Toffees occupy seventh spot, but are only four points behind leaders Arsenal.
7. CITY'S TRIO OF AGUERO, SILVA AND YAYA TOURE CAN FIRE CITY TO TITLE
This trio showed genuine class in helping to sweep aside West Ham United 3-1 on Saturday night, prompting memories of City's run to the Premier League title in 2012. The third goal involving all three men was a thing of real beauty as City careered to their first away win of the season in the league. If they can marry formidable home form with some consistency on the road, Manuel Pellegrini's side would appear to be justifiable favourites for the title.