London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Aaron Ramsey buried two goals while Olivier Giroud’s scored for the fourth time in as many games to carry Arsenal to a 3-1 victory over Sunderland in Saturday’s Premier League clash at Stadium of Light.
Giroud became only the eighth player to score in the opening four games of a Premier League campaign, and his goal at the Stadium of Light was his first outside of London for Arsenal.
Arsenal’s win forced a three-way tie for first place with Tottenham and Liverpool with nine points each.
Mesut Ozil was particularly impressive on his debut following his move from Real Madrid, providing the assist for Giroud as Arsenal led at halftime before Craig Gardner’s leveled the match in the 48th minute.
However, Arsene Wenger’s side secured the points when Ramsey volleyed home a Carl Jenkinson’s center in the 67th minute before adding his second with 15 minutes remaining.
“Ramsey is a different player to one year ago in September. Many people questioned him, so credit to him. He works very hard and has improved dramatically. It’s absolutely fantastic what he is doing,” Wenger said.
“Arsenal was too good in the first half and created many chances but in the second half I saw the team that I want to see. With energy, quality and desire we were on top. I was very happy with that, but I am not happy with the result,” said Sunderland coach Paolo Di Canio.
Meanwhile, Steven Naismith scored on the stroke of halftime to lift Everton to a 1-0 win over Chelsea at Goodison Park, giving manager Roberto Martinez his first Premier League win.
Everton also handed Jose Mourinho his first Premier League defeat since returning to Chelsea.
In other games, Manchester United downed Crystal Palace, 2-0; Newcastle United beat Aston Villa, 2-1; Tottenham Hotspur blanked Norwich City, 2-0; Fulham and West Bromwich Albion settled for a 1-1 draw; Hull City and Cardiff City ended with a 1-1 draw; while Stoke City and Manchester City battled to a scoreless tie.