Premier League returned to action on Saturday after the completion of September’s international break.
An exciting day overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo’s first Premier League appearance after over 12 years saw Tottenham falter in a London Derby and Arsenal get off the mark.
Let’s take a look at what happened in England’s top tier on Saturday.
Saturday’s Premier League action kicked off with Crystal Palace’s shocking 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park.
After going winless in their opening three league games under Patrick Vieira (D2, L1), the Eagles were heavy underdogs against high-flying Nuno Espirito Santo’s team.
However, a thoroughly underwhelming display from Tottenham, coupled with Japhet Tanganga’s second-half red card, gave Palace an upper hand as summer signing Odsonne Edouard hammered cross-town rivals.
Wilfried Zaha converted a spot-kick to put his side in front in the 75th minute before the French marksman notched a quick-fire double to seal Spurs’ first Premier League defeat under Espirito Santo.
Arsenal edged past lowly Norwich to keep Mikel Arteta on board
Saturday’s relegation battle pit basement boys Arsenal against second-worst Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium.
Pointless and without a single goal, the Gunners were desperate to bounce back from the club’s worst-ever start in England’s top-flight.
The arrival of fellow relegation strugglers in London came in handy, as Mikel Arteta’s side eked out a narrow 1-0 victory, courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 66th-minute winner.
Arsenal’s first clean sheet of the season steered them away from the drop zone, throwing under-fire Arteta a lifeline in the capital.
Manchester City settled the score with Leicester for Community Shield reverse
King Power Stadium was the venue as Leicester City played host to reigning champions Manchester City in a high-stakes Premier League affair.
Arguably the most keenly-contested encounter on Saturday saw Pep Guardiola’s men prevail by a narrow 1-0 scoreline thanks to Bernardo Silva’s 62nd-minute strike.
In addition to taking their winning Premier League streak to three, the Citizens have now won three consecutive top-flight trips to Leicester without conceding.
City are now just one point adrift of top-placed Manchester United in what promises to be one of the most exciting title run-ins in the recent Premier League history.
It took Cristiano Ronaldo just 45 minutes to mark his second Manchester United debut with a goal as the Red Devils ran riot against Newcastle United at Old Trafford.
After breaking the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, the 36-year-old superstar restored United’s lead following Javier Manquillo’s 56th-minute equalizer.
Ronaldo’s compatriot Bruno Fernandes scored a stunner ten minutes before the final whistle to put clear daylight between the sides and maintain United’s unbeaten Premier League start (W3, D1).
As for Steve Bruce, his Newcastle side remain winless after four matches (D1, L3) as they could be bracing themselves for a season-long dogfight against the drop.
Big Rom is unplayable
If there was any doubt about Romelu Lukaku’s ability to shine in the Premier League, Chelsea’s 3-0 thumping of Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge removed them all.
The Belgian striker’s first home league appearance since coming back from Inter Milan in the summer saw him net a brace to catapult the Blues to a landslide victory over new-look Dean Smith’s side.
Lukaku opened the scoring with a sublime finish 15 minutes into the game before Mateo Kovacic doubled Chelsea’s advantage early in the second half.
The ex-Man United flop troubled the scoresheet again in the dying moments of the match, taking his tally to three goals this Premier League season.