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Published: 15:51 | 27/8/16

PL round-up: Arsenal beat Watford, Leicester win


Arsenal are finally up and running in the Premier League after beating Watford 3-1 at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

The Gunners, who lost their opening match of the season at home to Liverpool, then drew with champions Leicester at the King Power Stadium last week, finally secured their first victory of the season thanks to a first-half blitz against Walter Mazzarri's side.

Santi Cazorla ended a run of 18 months and 40 appearances without a goal with the opener from the penalty spot on nine minutes, following Nordit Amrabat's foul on Alexis Sanchez.

Sanchez doubled the lead five minutes before half-time with a fluffed finish from Theo Walcott's cross from the right, which was eventually confirmed by goalline technology.

And Ozil made it three in first-half injury-time with an emphatic header past Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes from Sanchez's cross.

Watford substitute Roberto Pereya, making his Premier League debut after his £13m signing from Juventus last week, pulled one back for the home side with his first shot on goal, after Etienne Capoue's shot had been blocked by Laurent Koscielny.

Jamie Vardy broke his season's duck as champions Leicester City beat Swansea City 2-1 in the rain at the King Power Stadium.

Vardy netted a stunning opener on 31 minutes with an emphatic near-post finish from Danny Drinkwater's inch-perfect pass after winning the foot race with Jordi Amat.

Leicester captain Wes Morgan made it 2-0 on his 200th game for the club with a drilled finish on 52 minutes after Swansea had failed to clear a corner.

PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez then had a penalty saved two minutes later by Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, with the Pole getting up quickly to block Shinji Okazaki's follow-up effort.

Swansea pulled one back with ten minutes remaining when Leroy Fer headed home Modou Barrow's cross.

Sunderland extended their August hoodoo to 17 matches with a 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary's.

Jermaine Defoe's penalty on 80 minutes, awarded for Jose Fonte's trip on the former England striker, seemed to have ended the Black Cats' unwanted run of six years without a win in the opening month of the season.

But Jay Rodriguez levelled five minutes later with an optimistic effort from 25 yards that slipped under young goalkeeper Jordan Pickford's body.

Chelsea maintained their perfect start to life under Antonio Conte with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard gave the Blues the lead early on when he surged from the halfway line before firing low into the bottom corner of the net.

Willian doubled the hosts’ advantage with an emphatic finish just before the break

Burnley were thoroughly outclassed and substitute Victor Moses made it three with his second goal for the club just before full time.

Scott Dann's injury-time equaliser rescued a point for Crystal Palace at home against Bournemouth.

The Eagles looked set suffer their third defeat from three league games before Dann headed home Jason Puncheon's cross to earn them a point which their second half showing merited.

Josh King gave the visitors the lead on 11 minutes when he applied a cool finish to Harry Arter's pass.

Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye wasted a great chance to square the game when his penalty was well saved by Artur Boruc.

However, the hosts’ pressure told late on to ease some of the pressure which was building on boss Alan Pardew.

Everton moved up to second place in the Premier League table after they edged a tight game with Stoke City at Goodison Park.

The Toffees had attempts from Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Williams cleared off the line before they were awarded a penalty by referee Mike Dean not long after the break after Williams was tripped by Stoke’s Phil Bardsley.

Shay Given did superbly to push Leighton Baines' spot-kick on to the post but unluckily for the Ireland goalkeeper, the ball then rebounded off his head and went in.

Stoke's Marko Arnautovic hit the crossbar as the Potters pushed for an equaliser but tey remain without a win in the league.

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