Week 9 of the English Premier League saw six games being played on Saturday. These six games appeared more as appetizers to the big matches being played on Sunday, but each game also had an intriguing subplot of its own.
The match was made all the more intriguing, since the Villans are now being managed by Paul Lambert, who led the Canaries to successive promotions and mid-table survival in the Premier League in the last three seasons.
The tea-time kickoff at the Emirates Stadium saw Arsenal face off against bottom of the table club, Queens Park Rangers. Arsenal were looking to bounce back from successive defeats to Norwich City and Schalke, while the Rangers were still looking for their first win of the season.
At the Madejski Stadium, Reading entertained Fulham. The Royals were one of two clubs still looking for their first win of the season. Fulham, meanwhile, have started the season well and look destined to compete for a place in the top half of the table.
The draw specialists this season, Stoke City and Sunderland, took on each other at the Britannia Stadium in the last of the tea-time kickoffs. Both clubs currently have ambitions of kicking off beyond their usual mid-table obscurity this season.
Here are six observations from these six Saturday games in Week 9 of the Premier League.