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Images: Chelsea and Arsenal sizzle, Man Utd held

Last updated on: August 23, 2010 11:34 IST

Fulham hold Man United

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Brede Hangeland scored a brace to help Fulham hold Manchester United to a frantic 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage on Sunday.

The main drama at Craven Cottage came in the closing stages after Scholes scored his 150th goal for United with a low drive from 27 metres to give them the lead after 11 minutes.

Davies equalised after 57 minutes following a flowing move involving Damien Duff and Bobby Zamora before Hangeland put through his own net on 84 minutes to put United 2-1 ahead.

Three minutes later Duff conceded a controversial penalty for handball only for Fulham's reserve goalkeeper David Stockdale to save Nani's spotkick -- a miss United were soon left to rue.

In stoppage-time the visitors were pegged back to 2-2 when Hangeland made amends for his earlier mistake with an unstoppable header from a corner.


Image: Fulham's Brede Hangeland (centre) celebrates his goal with team mates
Photographs: Reuters
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Chelsea demolish Wigan

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Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou netted twice as Chelsea hammered Wigan Athletic 6-0, on Saturday.

Chelsea. who opened the season with a 6-0 win over West Bromwich Albion last week, took their total to 20 goals in three league games including the last-day 8-0 win, also against Wigan, in May.


Image: Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka (right) celebrates scoring a goal with team mate Didier Drogba

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Champions Chelsea continue to rule

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Though Chelsea trounced Wigan 8-0 in May they had lost the away fixture to Roberto Martinez's team earlier in the season and they also looked second-best for the opening half hour on Saturday.

However, when Florent Malouda tapped in the rebound after keeper Chris Kirkland blocked a 34th-minute Frank Lampard shot, everything changed.

Two goals in five minutes early in the second half made sure of the points as Anelka ran on to a John Obi Mikel pass to shoot low past Kirkland and the Frenchman headed in a Didier Drogba cross.

Drogba was the provider again for the next two as Kalou scored after 78 and 90 minutes while new signing Yossi Benayoun rounded things off in stoppage time.


Image: Salomon Kalou (right) heads to score against Wigan Athletic

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Walcott 'tricks' Arsenal to big win

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Theo Walcott scored a hat-trick as Arsenal brought 10-man Blackpool crashing back to Premier League reality with a thumping 6-0 victory.

When promoted Blackpool beat Wigan in their first game in the top flight for almost 40 years last week they were 3-0 up by halftime but at the Emirates they trailed by the same score at the break and were a man down.

Arsenal took the lead after 12 minutes with a nicely-worked Walcott goal and Blackpool's slim hopes disappeared when centre back Evatt was sent off for fouling Chamakh on the edge of the box.

Andrei Arshavin converted the resulting penalty to make it 2-0, Walcott then spun past his marker to bang his second and Abou Diaby rattled in the fourth just after the restart.

Walcott, a surprise omission from England's World Cup squad in June, then produced a dazzling goal when he controlled a Diaby pass, ghosted forward and curled in a precise shot before leaving the field to a standing ovation.

New signing Marouane Chamakh completed the thrashing with his first goal for the club seven minutes from time.


Image: Andrei Arshavin shoots and scores a penalty against Blackpool

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Newcastle United stun Aston Villa

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Newcastle United stunned Aston Villa 6-0 with a hat-trick from Andy Carroll to secure their first points of the new season.

In their top flight home return, Newcastle ran riot at St James' Park with Kevin Nolan (2) and Joey Barton also among the goals.

Villa, who started the season with an encouraging 3-0 win over West Ham United last week, rarely threatened and the hopes of caretaker coach Kevin MacDonald getting the job fulltime following the shock resignation of Martin O'Neill before the season began were not helped by his team's performance.


Image: Newcastle United's Kevin Nolan (right) heads to score against Aston Villa

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