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United stumble again, while Arsenal increase Premier League lead

One Aaron RamseyThe David Moyes era is not off to a good start as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Southampton.

United’s teenage winger Adnan Januzaj celebrated his new five-year contract by creating the game’s opening goal in the 26th minute with a superb through ball for Wayne Rooney. Rooney’s shot was blocked by Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc, but Robin van Persie was on hand to sweep the rebound home.

But uninspired substitutions from Moyes, who seemed to be settling for a 1-0 win, backfired when a header by Southampton defender Dejan Lovren flicked into the net off team-mate Adam Lallana from an 89th-minute corner.

Having seen Liverpool temporarily take claim of first place earlier in the day, Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League with a 4-1 win at home to Norwich City.

Jack Wilshere scored his second goal in two games to give Arsenal an 18th-minute lead, volleying home from Olivier Giroud’s flick following a brilliant exchange of passes involving Santi Cazorla.

Mesut Ozil scored his first league goal for the club with a header from a Giroud cross in the 58th minute and although Norwich midfielder Jonathan Howson replied for the visitors, Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to make sure of victory before Ozil added a fourth.

Arsenal lead Chelsea by two points, as they leapfrogged Liverpool into second place after coming from behind to win 4-1 at home to Cardiff City.

But there was controversy with Chelsea’s first goal when Eden Hazard sweep the ball home from close range after Samuel Eto’o had stolen possession from Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall as he bounced the ball.

It should have been a foul on Eto’o and Cardiff manager Malky Mackay described referee Anthony Taylor’s decision to allow Chelsea’s opening goal to stand as “a horrendous error”.

Manchester City are back in the top four, three points behind Arsenal, after picking up their first away win of the season, winning 3-1 at West Ham United. Sergio Aguero struck either side of half-time at Upton Park and then teed up a delightful late goal for David Silva after Ricardo Vaz Te had replied for West Ham with an overhead bicycle kick.

In the early game, Liverpool twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at 10-man Newcastle United.

Visiting captain Steven Gerrard claimed his 100th league goal from the penalty spot shortly before half-time, cancelling out Yohan Cabaye’s long-range opener, after Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was sent off for a last-man foul on Luis Suarez. The 10-man hosts restored their lead through 22-year-old substitute Paul Dummett, only for Daniel Sturridge to head home a second Liverpool equaliser from Suarez’s 72nd-minute cross.

Elsewhere it was new manager same result as Gus Poyet’s first game in charge of Sunderland saw them thumped 4-0 at Swansea City. At this point in the season I cannot any way that Sunderland stay up/

And finally, Steven Pienaar scored within seconds of coming on to earn Everton a 2-1 victory at home to Hull City, while West Bromwich Albion were held to a 0-0 draw at Stoke City.