EPL: Ozil impresses in first outing for Arsenal; City misfire at Stoke
Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal fans a glimpse of his creative talents in a comfortable 3-1 Premier League win at Sunderland.
Arsenal threw 42 million-pound signing Mesut Ozil into the fray for his debut at Sunderland and he set up the opener for Olivier Giroud before Aaron Ramsey continued his excellent form by scoring twice in the second half.
Manchester City's glittering frontline misfired in a goalless stalemate at Stoke City on Saturday.
Image: Mesut Oezil of Arsenal challenges Valentin Roberge of Sunderland during their English Premier League match at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland on Saturday
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United labour to win; Newcastle beat Villa
Champions Manchester United earlier laboured to a 2-0 win over 10-man CrystalPalace and Tottenham Hotspur's Gylfi Sigurdsson scored twice as they beat NorwichCity by the same scoreline.
Newcastle United's Hatem Ben Arfa scored one and created another in a 2-1 win at Aston Villa. HullCity against CardiffCity and Fulham against West Bromwich Albion both ended 1-1.
With Chelsea playing Everton later on Saturday, Arsenal go top with nine points, ahead of Tottenham and Liverpool on goal difference.
Manchester City and United are fourth and fifth respectively on seven.
Image: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United is congratulated by Patrice Evra (3) and Adnan Januzaj (44) after scoring against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in Manchester on Saturday
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