Unai Emery got his first win as Arsenal manager with a 3-1 win over London rivals West Ham on Saturday.
After a baptism of fire in his opening two games that ended in loses to champions Manchester City and Chelsea, the Spaniard eased some pressure with a hard-fought derby win to get his side of the foot of the table.
The Emirates was in shock when the Hammers went in front thanks to Marco Arnautovic’s fine long-range strike.
But after Nacho Monreal had levelled, Arsenal got the luck Emery needed to strike back as Issa Diop could only turn substitute Alexandre Lacazette’s cross into his own net and another substitute, Danny Welbeck netted in stoppage time to wrap up a 3-1 win.
Earlier, Man City offered hope to the chasing pack with a shock 1-1 draw at newly promoted Wolves.
Wolves opened the scoring in highly controversial circumstances when Willy Boly turned Joao Moutinho’s cross into the net with his arm.
City however drew level 21 minutes from time when Aymeric Laporte’s towering header registered his first goal for the club.
Everton’s flying start to their new era under Marco Silva stumbled as they threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at Bournemouth as £50 million record signing Richarlison got sent off.
Despite being a man down, the Toffees went in front via Theo Walcott before the numbers were evened up by a red card for Adam Smith.
Michael Keane doubled the visitors’ advantage but Bournemouth struck back to go level on points with City through Josh King’s penalty and Nathan Ake.
On an afternoon dominated by red cards, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s second booking for diving cost Southampton as Leicester came from behind to win 2-1 at St. Mary’s thanks to Harry Maguire’s deflected 92nd minute winner.
In the late kickoff, Liverpool strengthened their challenge for a first title in 28 years by taking advantage of the slip-up by City with a 1-0 won over Brighton and Howe courtesy of a strike from Mo Salah.
The victory puts Jurgen Klopp’s men provisionally top of the table with nine points until Chelsea take on Newcastle United Sunday.