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With only three outright victories and fourteen total goals (eight of which were distributed amongst only three clubs), it was a relatively quiet opening weekend for English football.
Most notably (and it's important to say this first, as it's not likely to ever be said again in the coming months), Wolverhampton jumped to the top of the table with a 2-1 victory over Blackburn on the road. While it's not likely to last for long, they'll be enjoying the view from the top half for at least another week, until Fulham visits on Sunday.
Wolverhampton—as they demonstrated last season—are notoriously difficult to overcome at home, however, so a six-point jump-start on the season is far from out of the question for the side that narrowly avoided relegation in the last campaign.
Other victories this weekend came in the form of a 4-0 goal-fest from Bolton over the newly promoted Queens Park Rangers and a fairly routine and predictable 2-1 victory for Manchester United over the hosting West Bromwich Albion.
Far from routine, on the other hand, were the scoreless draws earned (suffered?) by Arsenal and Chelsea, as they both took to the road for their season openers. With Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri nowhere to be found for the Gunners (and Fabregas' transfer to Barcelona finalized following the match), Arsenal struggled to find an offensive foothold to take control. A 76th minute red-card ejection to newly acquired Gervinho made a late surge for Arsenal nearly impossible.
Still, Gunners fans will surely prefer the result to the blown 4-0 lead that became infamous around the world during their last meeting with Newcastle United.
Chelsea, in their own road opener, had the opposite problem of lacking offensive production. Outshooting Stoke 20-6 and commanding 66% of the total possession throughout the match, Chelsea forced seven huge saves from Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic. Chances are, they'll be fed up with finishing drills by the end of the week as they hope to alleviate their first-match goal scoring woes at home against West Brom this coming weekend.
Tottenham Hotspur also failed to secure a win this weekend, but only due to a postponement of their home match against Everton. The match was called off in the interest of public safety in the midst of London riots that were a little too close to White Hart Lane to reasonably expect to go forward with the match.
Newcastle United 0-0 Arsenal
Wigan Athletic 1-1 Norwich City
Queens Park Rangers 0-4 Bolton Wanderers
Liverpool 1-1 Sunderland
Fulham 0-0 Aston Villa
Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
West Brom 1-2 Manchester United
Stoke City 0-0 Chelsea