LONDON: Mesut Ozil made an instant impact on his Arsenal debut after his club record £42m arrival from Real Madrid just before the end of the transfer window.
The Germany midfielder laid on the Gunners’ opening goal for Olivier Giroud after barely 10 minutes of a 3-1 win at Sunderland. Craig Gardner levelled from a penalty early in the second half before Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey regained Arsenal’s advantage and then struck a decisive third.
Minutes earlier, however, Sunderland were crucially denied the possibility of an equaliser when United States striker striker Jozy Altidore thought he had scored only for referee Martin Atkinson to haul back the action and give the home side a free-kick for an earlier foul by Bacary Sagna.
Three minutes later Ramsey was sent through by Giroud at the other end to wrap up a 3-1 win for the Gunners. Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio was sent from the bench late in the same for dissent.
Champions Manchester United defeated promoted Crystal Palace 2-0 with goals from Robin Van Persie (penalty) and Wayne Rooney (free kick) in each half. Palace complained about the penalty incident. Kagisho Dikgacoi was sent off for bundling over Ashley Young to earn a red card although TV replays showed that the foul had been committed just outside the penalty box.
Sir Alex Ferguson was in the crowd for the first time since his retirement to seedeadline day signing Marouane Fellaini make his United debut as a second-half substitute.
Tottenham new boy Christian Eriksen inspired a comfortable 2-0 win over Norwich at White Hart Lane. Eriksen combined with Roberto Soldado to set up the opener for Gylfi Sigurdsson in the 26th minute, and the Iceland international made it 2-0 from close range four minutes into the second half after a Paulinho cross.
Sluggish Manchester City failed to break the deadlock on a frustrating afternoon against Stoke and had to settle for a goalless draw at the Britannia Stadium.
The hosts had the best chances with Jon Walters heading a simple chance wide from a Geoff Cameron cross, then Kenwyne Jones forced a save out of Joe Hart after a mistake by Samir Nasri.
Jones headed just over early in the second half as Mark Hughes’ men continued to look more likely to break the deadlock against his former club.
Worse became Chelsea who lost their first league game since Jose Mourinho’s return by 1-0 at Everton for whom Steven Naismith scored the first-half winner on his 27th birthday.
Newcastle substitute Yoan Gouffran came off the bench to claim a 2-1 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park.
Hatem Ben Arfa had given Alan Pardew’s men an 18th-minute lead but Christian Benteke’s powerful 67th-minute header drew Villa level and left the home side looking the most likely winners.
But Gouffran, a 62nd-minute replacement for Loic Remy, pounced in the 73rd minute to stab home the loose ball after Villa keeper Brad Guzan spilled an initial effort from Ben Arfa.
Gareth McAuley’s injury-time header snatched a dramatic point for West Brom at Fulham and lifted the Baggies off the bottom of the table.
Steve Sidwell put Fulham ahead in the 22nd minute and the home side had three more efforts disallowed by Dimitar Berbatov – twice – and Hugo Rodallega before McAuley rose highest to head home Chris Brunt’s corner.
Peter Whittingham converted a Ben Turner cross in the 59th-minute to earn a 1-1 draw for Cardiff at Hull, who had led through a 40th-minute header from Curtis Davies.