Blues, Gunners, Liverpool register wins
London, September 23 :
Frank Lampard was back in the old routine with a double strike as English champions Chelsea won 2-0 at Fulham on Saturday.
Lampard scored twice in the final 17 minutes to put Jose Mourinho’s side top of the table. The England star had handed over the task of taking Chelsea’s penalties to Michael Ballack after missing from the spot against Charlton earlier this season.
Lampard resumed his spot-kick duties in Ballack’s absence to break the deadlock in the 73rd minute.
Fulham proved tough opponents for their west London rivals but Lampard sealed Chelsea’s fifth league win in six matches with an 80th minute strike.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger got the perfect anniversay present as his side marked his 10 years at the club with a 3-0 win against Sheffield United. Wenger was more concerned that Arsenal won at their new Emirates Stadium for the first time in the league.
The Gunners had drawn their first two Premiership fixtures at the 390 million pounds arena. But France defender Williams Gallas scored his first goal since his transfer deadline day move from Chelsea to break the deadlock in the 65th minute. A Phil Jagielka own goal four minutes later increased Arsenal’s lead and a Thierry Henry strike put the seal on a vital win.
Manchester City striker Georgios Samaras relieved the pressure on boss Stuart Pearce with a double strike to beat West Ham 2-0 at Eastlands. Greece star Samaras, who had also scored in the Chesterfield debacle, opened the scoring in the 50th minute and grabbed a second soon after to seal his side’s second league win this season.
Liverpool clinched their second home win in four days as second-half goals from Mark Gonzalez, Dirk Kuyt and John Arne Riise condemned Tottenham to a 3-0 defeat. Tottenham made a dismal start to the season and have now lost four of their first six matches.
But it could have been so different for the London club if Jermaine Jenas had taken a golden opportunity to open the scoring at Anfield. Edgar Davids’ 62nd minute cross left Jenas with the seemingly simple task of tapping into an empty net, but the England midfielder posted a contender for miss of the season as he somehow pushed his shot wide from six yards.
And Liverpool made the visitors pay just 35 seconds later when Steven Gerrard surged into the penalty area and drilled a cross to the far post and Gonzalez steered his shot past Paul Robinson.
Kuyt doubled the lead in the 73rd minute when he took Luis Garcia’s pass to strike a blistering shot that beat Robinson at his near post. John Arne Riise completed the rout with a fiercesome strike past Robinson from 30 yards.