After an entertaining goalless draw between Bournemouth and Tottenham in the early kick-off, fans were treated to some stunning strikes and wonderful winners in the afternoon’s action.
Here’s a round-up of all the 3 O’clock Premier League fixtures:
Boro were the party poopers on Arsene Wenger’s 67th birthday as they held Arsenal to a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium, although the Gunners had Petr Cech to thank for a share of the points.
Arsenal, predictably, dominated possession throughout the game but it was Middlesbrough who created more chances.
Gaston Ramirez rattled the crossbar with free-kick before forcing Cech into wonderful point-blank save with a back-post header, while the Czech glovesman came to the Gunners’ rescue again with a smart double save to thwart a Boro counter-attack.
Victor Valdes was also impressive when called upon, with the former Barcelona and Manchester United keeper leaping across his line to deny a Alexis Sanchez free-kick, and he was on hand with another superb stop to deny Sanchez again after the break.
Boro sat back in the closing stages and invited pressure from Arsenal, but the hosts struggled to create.
Arsenal thought they had won it in stoppage time when Mesut Ozil had the ball in the net, only for the linesman’s flag to halt celebrations.
Leicester 3-1 Crystal Palace
Defending champions Leicester stretched their unbeaten home run to 20 league games as they hit three past Crystal Palace.
Jamie Vardy started on the bench but it mattered not one bit as £16m summer signing Ahmed Musa gave the Foxes a first-half lead with his first goal for the club, thumping home from just outside the area
Shinji Okazaki then drilled home to double the hosts’ lead after the break, and full-back Christian Fuchs made it three in glorious fashion with a thunderbolt of a half-volley from 25 yards.
Yohan Cabaye scored a consolation late on for the Eagles, but it was too late to entertain any thoughts of a possible comeback.
Burnley 2-1 Everton
Scott Arfield hit a 890th winner as Burnley stunned a more dominant Everton side at Turf Moor.
The hosts took the lead through Sam Vokes just before the break, poking home after a mistake from Maartin Stekelenburg.
Yannick Bolasie later levelled with a cracking finish into the bottom corner, after he literally robbed Lukaku of the ball in a quick counter.
The Toffees pushed hard for the winner, but three points went to the Clarents thanks to Arfield’s late strike, finding the bottom corner with a neat finish after Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s long-range effort came back out off the bar.
West Ham 1-0 Sunderland
West Ham claimed a dramatic late win over win-less Sunderland thanks to Winston Reid stoppage-time winner.
The Hammers were the best team by far but were frustrated throughout, with Dimitri Payet and Simone Zaza going close early on.
The Black Cats were edging closer to a point but their hard work was undone by a moment of brilliance from Reid, who turned well on the edge of the box from a late corner before sending a fine drive into the bottom corner.
It leaves David Moyes’ side rooted to the foot of the Premier League with just two points from their first nine games.
Hull 0-2 Stoke
Xherdan Shaqiri netted a fine brace as Stoke comfortably beat Hull to move out of the bottom-three.
The Swiss star cut in on his left foot and sent a thunderbolt into the top corner to give the Potters the lead in the first-half.
Joe Allen, aiming to score in a fourth consecutive Premier League game, was close to early goal when played through by a lovely dinked through ball from Shaqiri, but it was too strong and the keeper did well to burst out and gather.
In truth, Hull offered very little throughout the game and Shaqiri sealed the three points for Stoke in the second-half with a neat free-kick.
Swansea 0-0 Watford
Bob Bradley earned a point in his first home game as Swansea manager as the Welsh side played out a goalless draw with Watford.
After a dull first half, Hornets goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes kept his side in it with a series of brilliant stops, including a great reaction save to deny Mike van der Hoorn from close range.
The Jacks came closest to a winner when Gylfi Sigurdsson hit the post with a neat sidefooted effort in the 83rd minute.
Just the one point sees Swansea stay second bottom of the table, while Watford’s climb one place up to ninth.
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