Team of the Week
A sign of how frustrating Robert Green has found the grief he's been afforded since his howler for England at the World Cup was his, shall we say, forceful reaction to the press box after helping West Ham to their first win of the season. After a string of saves from long range shots, Green somehow managed to tip Luka Modric's volley onto the bar to maintain his clean sheet, before leaving the gathered hacks in no doubt as to how he felt.
It didn't take long for Zat Knight and Bolton to let Manchester United know they'd be in for a game at the Reebok Stadium. At 6' 7" tall, the centre-back towers over most opponents but after his neat flick gave Wanderers an early lead against United, we can safely add him to the list of players in the 'good feet for a big man' category. After his goal he defended stoutly, making several vital interceptions.
Am I the only one to think Fulham got the better deal when they shipped Paul Konchesky to Liverpool and replaced him with Carlos Salcido? The Mexico full-back had a superb World Cup and was Fulham's most productive attacking outlet against Everton. His delivery was of a good standard and troubled the Toffees on several occasions.
Vincent Kompany was a rock at the heart of a depleted Manchester City backline, as they inflicted Chelsea's first defeat of the campaign. Alongside Kolo Toure, the Belgian centre-half didn't put a foot wrong in either his positioning or tackling. Such was his dominance over Didier Drogba, the striker was substituted with 15 minutes to go.
If Kompany was outstanding in defence then Nigel De Jong was the same in midfield. Displaying the same amount of aggression that was a little too evident in the World Cup final, the Dutchman managed to harness it in the right way on this occasion, snapping at Chelsea's creative players and launching into perfectly-timed tackles again and again.
Martin Petrov has struggled to live up to his billing since arriving at Bolton but the Bulgarian may have turned a corner after helping to pull the strings as they claimed a point against Manchester United. He floated in the corner that allowed Zat Knight to put the Trotters in front early on and then turned inside Park Ji-Sung to fire in Bolton's second, via a flick off Darren Fletcher.
Yes, Arsenal were awful against West Brom, but they nearly engineered a point from their clash with the Baggies thanks entirely to the efforts of one man: Samir Nasri. While the rest of his colleagues seemed to want to sink through the Emirates turf after going three goals down, the midfielder drove his team on, scored two well taken goals and was the only player in red who could be satisfied with his efforts.
West Brom had 11 heroes on display at the Emirates but two of Arsenal's chief tormentors were old boy Jerome Thomas and Peter Odemwingie. The latter had already rattled the post before he forced Manuel Almunia into conceding a penalty. He finally grabbed the goal he deserved when he turned home Thomas' precise cross, before the winger scored the third from close range.
Darren Bent clearly enjoys playing against Liverpool as his two goals at Anfield demonstrated, but once again his glory was overshadowed by a large helping of controversy. After the beach ball debacle of last season it was Stuart Attwell who grabbed the headlines this time, but Bent deserves credit for scoring from the spot, then planting a superb diving header past Pepe Reina from Nedum Onuoha's delicious right-wing cross.
For masterminding yet another shock in this fledgling Premier League season, Roberto Di Matteo is our gaffer of the week again. The Italian's team played in their manager's suave image as they racked up three goals and three points at the Emirates. Ruthless when their chances came and resolute at the back when the need arose late in the game, the Baggies fully deserved their famous win. And no, it wasn't all down to Manuel Almunia.