EPL as it happened: Ozil, Fellaini make debuts as Arsenal, Man Utd win

Full-time and Arsenal have beaten Sunderland 3-1

76 minutes: GOAL!! Ramsey again! Beautiful triangle passing between him, Ozil and Giroud before the French striker lays it up for him. 3-1 and Arsenal are surely winning this one.

68 minutes: GOAL!! Jenkinson is on the right and sees Aaron Ramsey raise his arms at the edge of the box. He puts a ball in and boom, launches a volley to put Arsenal 2-1 up.

60 minutes: Goal... NO! It's offside. Steven Fletcher just ahead of the last man before bundling the ball into the net. Still 1-1

48 minutes: GOAL!! Sunderland equalise as Craig Gardner scores a penalty. Koscielny the culprit.

It's half-time at the Stadium of Light, with Arsenal still leading 1-0.

40 minutes: Chance for Ozil to open his Arsenal account as a loose ball falls to him. He dummies a left-foot shot and takes a low one with his right but it's blocked. Close!

18 minutes: Ozil slices the defence again and sets up Walcott... the Englishman misses it though. Ozil is dictating midfield like a king.

10 minutes: GOAL!! Arsenal are 1-0 up and tell you what... Mesut Ozil takes a brilliant touch on the left and puts it on a plate for Olivier Giroud to score. What a fairytale start for the German. 1-0 to Arsenal

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Sunderland XI: Westwood, Celustka, Diakite, Roberge, Colback, Johnson, Ki, Vaughan, Mavrias, Altidore, Fletcher.
Subs: Brown, Larsson, Gardner, Wickham, Cuellar, Mannone, Borini.

Arsenal XI: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Sagna, Koscielny, Gibbs, Wilshere, Flamini, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud, Ramsey.
Subs: Vermaelen, Monreal, Fabianski, Frimpong, Miyaichi, Gnabry, Akpom.

FULL-TIME at Old Trafford: Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace

88 minutes: Januzaj has impressed since coming on and makes a strong case to be picked more often. He's direct and not afraid to take on the man. And he's just 18.


80 minutes: GOAL!! Young Januzaj wins the freekick after a strong run, and Wayne Rooney scores an impeccable goal, direct. And this time he celebrates. 2-0 up now, and Old Trafford sounds happy.

75 minutes: Still 1-0, but United can't complain about lack of supply to Rooney and RVP. This time Fabio puts in a ball from the right and there's a lot of ping-pong happening in the box with Rooney relentless. It's cleared however.

67 minutes: Cross is cleared and falls to Fellaini, and he smacks it from long range. Saved.

Breaking: Mesut Ozil will start for Arsenal against Sunderland. Stay on this page to follow the match live.

62 minutes: Off goes Anderson, on comes Fellaini.

60 minutes: United knocking on the door now. A low cross comes in from the left but there's no one to get at the end of it. An attacking midfielder in the mould of Kagawa would surely be handy now.

53 minutes: Another fine run from Young but not enough to trouble the keeper. Palace have found their feet in midfield and United need a goal or live with nerves for the next 40 minutes.

45 minutes: GOAL!! It's a penalty, finally. Young goes down and the referee sends off Dikgacoi. Robin van Persie slots it to the right of the keeper, calmly. And it's 1-0 United.

34 minutes: What a glorious through ball from Rooney to RVP. It's just like the lobbed pass against Aston Villa last season, which the Dutchman volleyed in first time. This time however, he chests it down and spanks it against the bar.

23 minutes: Well the referee's had enough. Young tumbles in the box and he gets a yellow card for diving. United are trying everything, playing wider than we've seen in previous matches, but the crosses are not good enough and RVP has been marked out of the game.

15 minutes: Another shout for a penalty, this time Young asks for a handball after his cross is blocked at the byline. Fabio gets a lot of space on the right and takes a shot, but it's nowhere near goal.

8 minutes: Huge penalty shout as Evra goes down in the box after a quick one-two with Van Persie but it's waved away. Rooney's wearing a fat head-band to protect his cut on the forehead which he got in training a week or so back.

3 minutes: It's a brand new pitch at Old Trafford and it's slick and fast. Fabio, who has started on the right is looking particularly sharp. Carrick takes a long range shot but it's been palmed away.


QUOTE: "We don't want to rush him too quickly...": Moyes on Fellaini's chances of making his debut today.

From the looks of photos around Twitter, Manchester seems to be full of those Fellaini hairstyle wigs. Wonder what the Everton fans did with those that they owned...

STAT: Man Utd have failed to score in two consecutive EPL games for the first time since August 2007. Will they break the duck today?

Man Utd XI: De Gea, Fabio, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Anderson, Young, Rooney, Van Persie.
Subs: Amos, Evans, Chicharito, Cleverley, Zaha, Fellaini , Januzaj

Crystal Palace XI: Speroni, Mariappa, Campana, Digkacoi, Puncheon, Jedinak, Gayle, Gabbidon, Moxey, Delaney, Chamakh.
Subs: Phillips, O'Keefe, Kebe, Alexander, Jerome, Bannan, Guedioura.

A Man Utd fan wearing a Fellaini shirt. Getty Images

A Man Utd fan wearing a Fellaini shirt. Getty Images

It's a big day in the Premier League, not just because there are some cracking matches in store, but because it's debut day for Marouane Fellaini, Mesut Ozil and probably even Willian.

The three players, who signed for Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea respectively are in line to make their first appearances for their new clubs.

"(Roy) Keane was an aggressive player who could win every ball. Maybe I can do this as well," said the 25-year-old Fellaini, who joined from Everton.

Meanwhile, Ozil has already rallied the Arsenal troops — saying that the Gunners can win the title this season.

Updated Date: Sep 14, 2013 21:33 PM

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