Chelsea stumble again as City, United, Arsenal win


Steven Naismith's hat-trick for Everton condemned Chelsea to their third defeat in five games

Champions Chelsea lost 3-1 at Everton before a stoppage-time goal for leaders Manchester City sealed a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace and Manchester United beat Liverpool 3-1 in the Premier League on Saturday.

Steven Naismith's hat-trick for Everton condemned Chelsea to their third defeat in five games while City avoided dropping their first points of the season when teenage substitute Kelechi Iheanacho struck the winner at Selhurst Park.

Daley Blind and Ander Herrera put United 2-0 up against arch-rivals Liverpool. Christian Benteke pulled one back with a spectacular overhead kick before Anthony Martial scored a classy goal on his debut to seal victory for the home team.

Manchester City lead the way with 15 points, five clear of second-placed United and Arsenal, who are third after beating Stoke City 2-0, and 11 ahead of struggling Chelsea.

Manchester City were pushed hard by Palace, who started the day in second spot, and looked set to be denied their fifth successive win until Iheanacho came off the bench to grab the only goal.

Arsenal grabbed their first home win of the season against Stoke thanks to strikes from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud.

Norwich City beat Bournemouth 3-1 and promoted Watford sank Swansea City 1-0, Odion Ighalo's second-half strike securing their first league win of the season.

The victory was tarnished when Valon Behrami was sent off after appearing to stamp on Andre Ayew in the 64th minute.

West Bromwich Albion and Southampton drew 0-0.

Martial scores stunner

Anthony Martial introduced himself to Manchester United fans with a superb goal to complete a 3-1 win over bitter rivals Liverpool and cap a much-improved performance from Louis van Gaal's side on Saturday.

Martial, a $55.54 million signing from Monaco this month, danced past three defenders in the 86th minute and sidefooted the ball home on his debut to put the finishing touches to a well-deserved victory.

Pundits and fans alike had questioned the huge fee United paid for Martial, a 19-year-old who Van Gaal said was signed more for the future than the present.

For those who did not know a lot about him, including United striker Wayne Rooney, missing from Saturday's match through injury, the Frenchman announced himself in dynamic fashion.

REUTERS

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