Chelsea swept to the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Burnley, while Arsenal won 3-1 at Watford to
ease the pressure on Arsene Wenger on Saturday.
After a dismal title defence last season, Chelsea look revitalised under new manager Antonio Conte, and the Italian
was able to celebrate his third successive win after the most emphatic display of his brief reign.
So disappointing last term, Eden Hazard has made a vibrant start to the new campaign, and the Belgium midfielder put
Chelsea ahead with a superb run and clinical finish from the edge of the penalty area in the ninth minute at
Willian was back for Chelsea after recovering from a calf injury, and the Brazil winger doubled their lead in the
41st minute before Nigeria’s Victor Moses came off the bench to net the hosts’ third in the 89th minute.
“It was a good performance. We have started very well this season but we must know we can improve,” Conte said.
“Eden Hazard must be this decisive in every game and I’m pleased because I saw it today.”
At Vicarage Road, Arsenal’s first victory of the season, after losing to Liverpool and drawing with Leicester,
should silence Wenger’s critics, at least temporarily.
Failing to win their first two matches while struggling to make an impact in the transfer market had prompted some
Arsenal fans to turn on Wenger again after many protested against him last season.
But there were no complaints as Arsenal took the lead in the ninth minute when Santi Cazorla stroked home a penalty
after Nordin Amrabat elbowed Alexis Sanchez.
Chile forward Sanchez increased Arsenal’s advantage five minutes before half-time with a deft touch over Watford
goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.
Mesut Ozil was making his first start of the season after being rested following Euro 2016, and Arsenal’s German
playmaker made up for lost time with a headed goal in first-half stoppage time.
Watford’s Roberto Pereyra reduced the deficit in the 57th minute, but the Hornets remain winless.
“I believe we shot ourselves in the foot in the first game and were under huge pressure,” Wenger said.
“Today we had a good solid performance, but at the moment we are not completely there physically and you could see
that in the second half.”
Leicester City finally secured the first win of their title defence with a 2-1 success against Swansea City at the
King Power Stadium.
Claudio Ranieri’s side took the lead in the 32nd minute when Jamie Vardy finished off a typically efficient
counter-attack from the champions, and captain Wes Morgan lashed in the second in the 52nd minute.
Riyad Mahrez wasted a chance to make it three when the winger’s penalty was saved by Lukasz Fabianski, and there was
more frustration for Leicester when goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel came off injured.
But Leroy Fer’s 80th-minute goal for Swansea came too late to rescue a point for the visitors.
Everton climbed to second place with a 1-0 win against Stoke City at Goodison Park.
Ronald Koeman’s team enjoyed a stroke of luck in the 51st minute when Leighton Baines’ penalty — awarded for a foul
on Ashley Williams — was pushed onto a post by Shay Given, only for the ball to rebound off the Stoke goalkeeper’s
head into the net for an own goal.
Southampton rescued a dramatic 1-1 draw against Sunderland as Jay Rodriguez’s 85th-minute strike crept past
goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to cancel out Jermain Defoe’s 80th-minute penalty at St Mary’s.
Scott Dann’s late leveller gave Crystal Palace a 1-1 draw against fellow strugglers Bournemouth at Selhurst Park.
Josh King fired Bournemouth into an 11th-minute lead before former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke won a penalty
on his Palace debut.
Artur Boruc saved Yohan Cabaye’s spot-kick, but Palace defender Dann spared his teammate’s blushes with an equaliser
three minutes into second-half stoppage time.
season sprung into life as they recorded their first Premier League win of the season with a 3-1 victory at