Saturday brought a couple of huge matchups in the Premier League, and what resulted from the day of action considerably shook up the league table.
Whether it was the league leaders taking care of business or top-notch clubs being upset in dramatic fashion, Saturday wasn't short on excitement across the scope of English football.
Here's a breakdown of the the Premier League table after Saturday's matches:
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Schedule courtesy of ESPN FC.
Arsenal 2, Liverpool 0
Arsenal have been the story of the Premier League this season, but Liverpool were coming in as a close second with a surprising start of their own. Cue the big stage for Saturday's showdown.
And once again, the Gunners took advantage of a tough test and came out on top, this time with a 2-0 victory at home.
Santi Cazorla was all over the place, scoring in the 19th minute on one of his four shots on the match. A splendid display of passing and execution offensively resulted in another goal from Aaron Ramsey in the 59th minute that seemed to put it out of reach for Brendan Rodgers and company.
Gunners faithful could not have imagined a better start to the Premier League campaign, and Arsenal are showing no signs of letting up after another big win. Arsene Wenger's squad is five points up on the rest of the league after Saturday's action.
Newcastle 2, Chelsea 0
Chelsea entered the matchday with a golden opportunity to inch closer to the top of the table but squandered that chance mightily with a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle.
The two sides played to a scoreless stalemate until late in the second half, when Yoan Gouffran netted a 68th-minute goal. Just 21 minutes later, Loic Remy secured the win with a goal that made it 2-0.
Jose Mourinho's club took a 61-39 possession advantage, but Newcastle showcased efficiency by putting eight of their 15 shots on goal. Goalkeeper Petr Cech's six saves were not enough to rescue the Blues.
Chelsea find themselves tied with Liverpool, five points back on the league-leading Gunners. With Arsenal facing a tough road ahead as matches against Manchester United and Southampton loom, the Blues will need to rebound quickly to try to make up ground at the top of the table.
Manchester United 3, Fulham 1
Motivated by a slow start to their title defense and struggles across the board, Manchester United needed to put the overmatched Fulham squad away early to build some confidence. That's just what they did in a 3-1 win.
The Red Devils notched each of their three goals in the match's first 22 minutes, propelled by a ninth-minute goal from Antonio Valencia. Then, it was the usual weapons Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney that scored two minutes apart in the 20th and 22nd minutes, respectively.
Fulham's Alexander Kacaniklic netted a 68th-minute goal to inch his side closer, but it was a lost cause, as United looked to be the dominant force from start to finish.
Now at 17 points, David Moyes' crew are eight points back on league-leading Arsenal and still have a long road back to contending for their title.
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