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  • Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud strike to sink Stoke at the Emirates Stadium
  • Manchester City extend their winning run to 11 consecutive games as 18-year-old Kelechi Iheanacho nets a stoppage-time winner
  • Second-half strike from Odion Ighalo ends Watford's goal drought
  • Norwich secure second win of the season thanks to efforts from Cameron Jerome, Wes Hoolahan and debutant Matt Jarvis
  • Saido Berahino appears as a substitute for West Brom in Southampton stalemate

Full-time: Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

Full-time: Crystal Palace 0-1 Manchester City

Full-time: Norwich 3-1 Bournemouth

Full-time: Watford 1-0 Swansea

Full-time: West Brom 0-0 Southampton

Kelechi Iheanacho
Kelechi Iheanacho grabbed a late winner for Manchester City in only his second Premier League appearance. AFP

That is all from us for now, but click here to follow live coverage of the weekend's headline clash between old rivals Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford.

The full-time whistles sound and young Iheanacho has stolen the headlines with that stoppage-time winner that prolongs City's run of consecutive wins and extends their lead at the top of the table to five points. Pellegrini's side, who could be without the influential trio of Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Sergio Aguero for the visit of Juventus, are already 11 points clear of defending champions Chelsea.

A routine victory for Arsenal at home to Stoke, who are now rock bottom. The fact that Walcott and Giroud both registered on the scoresheet is sure to please Wenger after the severe criticism he received in the aftermath of the transfer window.

Respective victories for Norwich and particularly Watford are sure to boost confidence among the newly-promoted sides, although Bournemouth will be hugely disappointed with the manner of their performance at Carrow Road.

A total stalemate between West Brom and Southampton is likely to please Tony Pulis more than it will Ronald Koeman, meanwhile.


Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

Crystal Palace 0-1 Manchester City

Norwich 3-1 Bournemouth

Watford 1-0 Swansea

West Brom 0-0 Southampton

What a moment for Kelechi Iheanacho to bag his first goal in senior football. Just three minutes after replacing Wilfried Bony, the 18-year-old reacts fastest after Alex McCarthy could only parry Samir Nasri's drive to score from close range.

Goal: Crystal Palace 0-1 Manchester City (Kelechi Iheanacho)

Three points signed, sealed and delivered for Arsenal as Giroud, who replaced Walcott with 15 minutes remaining, heads in from a Santi Cazorla free-kick. Another impressive save from Butland then denies Laurent Koscielny.

Goal: Arsenal 2-0 Stoke (Olivier Giroud)

Nothing more than a consolation goal for Bournemouth in Norfolk, as versatile defender Cook heads beyond John Ruddy.

Goal: Norwich 3-1 Bournemouth (Steve Cook)

Norwich, swatted aside 3-0 by Southampton last time out, are rampant against Bournemouth. After Robbie Brady strikes the post, West Ham loanee Matt Jarvis receives possession from Jonny Howson before cutting inside and firing home. A second win of the campaign surely secured now.

Goal: Norwich 3-0 Bournemouth (Matt Jarvis)

Joy quickly turns to despair for the Hornets as Behrami is shown a straight red card for what looked to be a nasty stamp on Andre Ayew. 25 minutes for 10 men to cling onto that slender lead.

Red card: Valon Behrami (Watford)

Sheer relief for Quique Sanchez Flores as Watford's run of four consecutive blanks is finally halted. Troy Deeney heads a cross down for Ighalo and the Nigerian striker makes no mistake.

Swansea have yet to lose a game so far this season and send on Jefferson Montero for Wayne Routledge in response.

Goal: Watford 1-0 Swansea (Odion Ighalo)

De Bruyne and Jesus Navas carve out a superb opportunity to give Manchester City the lead against Crystal Palace, but the pacy Spaniard is already falling and fires wide with his left foot.

At West Brom, meanwhile, Berahino gets a mixed reception from the home crowd as he replaces former Southampton stalwart Rickie Lambert.

Still orchestrating the Norwich attack at 33, Hoolahan goes from provider to goalscorer with a shot from the edge of the penalty area. This is rapidly turning into an afternoon to forget for Eddie Howe and Bournemouth.

Goal: Norwich 2-0 Bournemouth (Wes Hoolahan)

We are back underway across each of the five games.

A first look at Kevin de Bruyne in action for Manchester City...

Kevin de Bruyne
Kevin de Bruyne replaced Sergio Aguero in the first half at Selhurst Park. Getty

A shortage of excitement in that opening 45 minutes, but Wenger will be relieved that Arsenal's early pressure against Stoke eventually produced a goal. Walcott could have scored two more but for his profligate finishing.

Elsewhere, Jerome is off the mark for Norwich and they lead fellow promoted side Bournemouth. To coin a tired cliche, these are certainly the sorts of games that Alex Neill's team will need to win if they are to extend their latest stay in the Premier League beyond May.

Real injury concerns for Pellegrini after Aguero limps off in the 23rd-minute at Selhurst Park following a heavy whack to the knee from Dann. Sterling and Silva already missing, of course.

Goalless at both Vicarage Road and The Hawthorns.


Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester City

Norwich 1-0 Bournemouth

Watford 0-0 Swansea

West Brom 0-0 Southampton

A real chance for Bournemouth to go in at the break on level terms with Norwich is spurned as Callum Wilson, who has scored four goals in his last two games, strikes the post and watches the ball bounce clear following a header from Steve Cook.

Still no goals from Watford, who are currently drawing 0-0 against in-form Swansea at Vicarage Road. They have at least had a shot on target, however, with Odion Ighalo testing visiting goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Cameron Jerome notched 21 goals in all competitions for Norwich last term, and he now has his first of this season as he prods home following good work from Wes Hoolahan.

Bournemouth endured a difficult international break after seeing summer signings Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel - who cost the promoted Cherries somewhere in the region of a combined £15m - ruled out for months with serious knee injuries.

Goal: Norwich 1-0 Bournemouth (Cameron Jerome)

It has taken 31 minutes to arrive, but we finally have our first goal of the mid-afternoon matches. Walcott, under pressure to justify his central role following a disappointing end to the transfer window, provides a composed finish to cap an excellent long pass from Ozil.

Goal: Arsenal 1-0 Stoke (Theo Walcott)

City's injury list is mounting at the worst possible time with Juventus visiting the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday for their Champions League Group D opener. Old friends Pellegrini and Alan Pardew look to have renewed hostilities following a poor challenge from Yaya Toure on James McArthur.

Aguero has tried to carry on following that blow to his knee but he has now signalled to the bench that he needs to go off. A big blow for City, who bring former Chelsea midfielder De Bruyne on for his first appearance in English football since December 2013.

That hefty price tag has led to inevitably big expectations surrounding the Belgian international. It will be intriguing to see what he can deliver after failing to make a big impact at Stamford Bridge.

A worry for City as Sergio Aguero receives treatment following a heavy challenge from Scott Dann, who has been booked. Palace could well have had a spotkick after Fernandinho's ill-advised trip on Yohan Cabaye.

Manchester City are currently on a run of 10 consecutive wins, but Pellegrini's side are likely to be tested to the limit this afternoon by a Crystal Palace side brimming with pace and confidence. Still goalless there, as it is across the Premier League.

West Brom have been denied a penalty by referee Stuart Attwell after Callum McManaman looked to have been fouled by Matt Targett.

Stoke are clinging on for dear life. Walcott should have done better with that initial rebound, and Sanchez has now struck the post once again.

Two more chances for Walcott as he heads Bellerin's cross wide before shooting straight at Butland.

A fast start for Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium as Jack Butland produces a sublime save to deny Alexis Sanchez. Stoke have lost on all of their last 13 visits to the Gunners, but their opponents have failed to score in five of their last six home games.

A glut of goals this afternoon would certainly help allay the fears of those supporters who were left in disbelief by Arsene Wenger's failure to recruit a new striker before the transfer deadline, particularly with Danny Welbeck now out until at least Christmas after undergoing surgery on his troublesome left knee.

We are underway across all five of this afternoon's 1500 BST matches.

The main lines from that deluge of team news include Mesut Ozil returning to the Arsenal starting XI following injury. He replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with Theo Walcott still ahead of Olivier Giroud.

Kevin de Bruyne is listed among the substitutes for Manchester City after his club-record £55m move from Wolfsburg, despite Manuel Pellegrini's side missing both David Silva and Raheem Sterling.

Berahino is on the bench for West Brom against Southampton this afternoon despite threatening never to play for the club again having been denied a move to Tottenham. Wanyama, meanwhile, is recalled by Ronald Koeman after sweeping his own transfer concerns under the carpet. Jonny Evans and Virgil van Dijk make their respective debuts.

West Brom v Southampton

West Brom: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Brunt, Gardner, Fletcher, Yacob, McManaman, Lambert, Rondon

Subs: Lindegaard, Olsson, Chester, Morrison, McClean, Gnabry, Berahino

Southampton: Stekelenburg, Cédric, Fonte, van Dijk, Targett, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, S. Davis, Rodriguez, Tadić, Pellè

Subs: K. Davis, Yoshida, Long, Mané, Romeu, Juanmi, Caulker

Watford v Swansea

Watford: Gomes, Nyom, Prödl, Cathcart, Anya, Behrami, Capoue, Jurado, Ighalo, Abdi, Deeney

Subs: Arlauskis, Holebas, Watson, Berghuis, Diamanti, Dyer, Ibarbo

Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Shelvey, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Ayew, Gomis

Subs: Nordfeldt, Bartley, Rangel, Ki, Emnes, Montero, Eder

Norwich v Bournemouth

Norwich: Ruddy, Wisdom, Martin, Bassong, Brady, Redmond, Howson, Tettey, Jarvis, Hoolahan, Jerome

Subs: Rudd, Mbokani, Dorrans, Lafferty, Olsson, R Bennett, O'Neil

Bournemouth: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Smith, Ritchie, O'Kane, Surman, Stanislas, King, Wilson

Subs: Federici, Distin, Bennett, Gosling, Pugh, Murray, Kermorgant

Crystal Palace v Manchester City

Crystal Palace: McCarthy, Kelly, Dann, Hangeland, Souare, McArthur, Cabaye, Zaha, Puncheon, Sako, Bolasie

Subs: Hennessey, Mariappa, Jedinak, Mutch, Lee, Campbell, Gayle

Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Toure, Nasri, Navas, Bony, Aguero

Subs: Caballero, Demichelis, Otamanedi, Garcia, Roberts, Iheanacho, De Bruyne

Arsenal v Stoke

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis, Walcott

Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gibbs, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Campbell, Giroud

Stoke: Butland, Bardsley, Cameron, Muniesa, Pieters, Whelan, Van Ginkel, Diouf, Shaqiri, Arnautovic, Joselu

Subs: Given, Wollscheid, Wilson, Ireland, Sidwell, Bojan, Crouch

Good afternoon and welcome to the second of IBTimes UK's live football blogs this weekend, bringing you all of the latest action from the Premier League as it happens.

After the conclusion of Everton v Chelsea, which you can follow here, we have five 1500 BST kick-off's to bring you as Arsenal host Stoke in a bid to end their home hoodoo and two in-form sides go head-to-head at Selhurst Park in Crystal Palace, who beat the champions in their last match before the international break, and early leaders Manchester City.

Two newly-promoted clubs meet as Norwich welcome Bournemouth to Carrow Road, while Watford will look to halt a run of four consecutive matches without a goal. They face a tough test against Garry Monk's Swansea, who are no doubt still on a high following their latest victory over Manchester United.

West Brom also meet Southampton at The Hawthorns, with the focus there inevitably falling on two players who were unhappy at being denied late moves to Tottenham during the summer transfer window in Saido Berahino and Victor Wanyama.

As ever, we have breaking team news, confirmed line-ups and live updates all to follow...