The season got off to a flier this weekend in England, as a handful of clubs made it known that the storyline for 2009-2010, will be what team will round out the Big Four, and vie with United, Chelsea and Liverpool for top of the table.
With the top three clubs seemingly a step ahead of the rest, this weekend was a big opportunity for the contenders to make a move to the top and start building some momentum. Arsenal for sure wasted no time and behind captain Cesc Fabregas, obliterated Everton with a 6-0 shellacking. The win puts the target on the Gunners for the time being, and with Portsmouth awaiting them back at the Emirates on Saturday, they should stay atop the table for now.
The Big Result: Aston Villa 0 - 2 Wigan
Last season, the Villans coasted to a 6th place finish, after being the toast of the town for much of the early part of the season. This season started much like last year's ended, as Wigan rolled into Villa Park and took apart Martin O'Neill's side. With the loss of Antonio Valencia and Steve Bruce, starting the Roberto Martinez era with a win is a huge step forward for Wigan.
If it Weren't for the Table...:
2. Manchester United
4. Manchester City
Man of the Round: Emmanuel Adebayor
The new front man for Manchester City wasted no time in christening his start up north, scoring in the third minute of a 2-0 victory for City over Blackburn Rovers. The goal not only was huge for Adebayor, but it started a new page in the history of the Citizens and at least for the time being, shows that City's makeover could be a legitimate contender.
Lost for words: Harry Redknapp, Tottenham Hotspur, after beating Liverpool 2-1.
"Last season we beat them, I'd just arrived and I admitted at the time I didn't quite know how we beat them, they battered us. This time, we were the better team and we deserved that win. I thought we outplayed them."
The Absolute Stunner: Remarkably, Round 1 ended without a single draw, a good sign for Arsenal, who seemed to cling to a few too many draws last season, and Didier Drogba's late winner could prove to be a good omen for Chelsea.