Arsenal were downed by the only goal from Stoke City’s Jese Rodriguez at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday while Manchester United beat Swansea City 4-0.
The Spanish forward, a loan signing from Paris Saint-Germain, finished crisply in the 47th minute to defeat Arsenal. It was an early blow to Arsenal’s title aspirations and left them three points behind early pace-setters Manchester United.
Jese, 24, only joined Stoke on Wednesday and he was quick to make an impression on the fans of his new team. After driving at Arsenal’s back four from halfway, he swapped passes with Saido Berahino and then drilled a left-foot shot past the advancing Petr Cech.
Arsenal thought they had equalised in the 72nd minute when Alexandre Lacazette lashed home, but it was chalked off due to a marginal — but correct — offside. Stoke had not beaten Arsenal since December 2014.
Earlier, Romelu Lukaku had been on target again as Manchester United continued their fine form by crushing Swansea. Eric Bailly, Paul Pogba and substitute Anthony Martial also found the net at the Liberty Stadium, giving Jose Mourinho`s side their second big win after last weekend`s 4-0 victory over West Ham United.
Leicester, the 2016 champions, bounced back from defeat at Arsenal to beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 at the King Power Stadium through Shinji Okazaki’s first-minute goal and a Harry Maguire header.
Charlie Austin scored a 93rd-minute penalty to give Southampton a last-gasp 3-2 home win over West Ham.
Goals from Manolo Gabbidini and Dusan Tadic, the latter a penalty, put Saints 2-0 up and West Ham new boy Marko Arnautovic was sent off in between for an elbow on Jack Stephens.
Javier Hernandez`s first two West Ham goals drew the 10 men level, only for Austin to secure victory from the spot after Maya Yoshida was fouled by Pablo Zabaleta.
Hal Robson-Kanu was hero and villain as West Bromwich Albion won 1-0 at Burnley.
The Wales striker came off the bench to score a 71st-minute winner, but was then sent off for leading with his arm in a challenge on Matthew Lowton.
Brazilian youngster Richarlison scored his first goal in English football and Etienne Capoue opened his account for the season as Watford claimed a deserved 2-0 win at Bournemouth.