Bournemouth's brilliance, Mesut Ozil's birthday goal and all the rest of the Premier League's best bits


The Premier League returned to action this weekend after the international break, and as ever, it did not disappoint.

But with so much happening, it can be hard to know where to look. Fear not - we've picked out the best bits for you to reflect on.


Eden Hazard scores for Chelsea against Leicester - (Yui Mok/PA)

Chelsea 3-0 Leicester
Arsenal 3-2 Swansea
Bournemouth 6-1 Hull
Manchester City 1-1 Everton
Stoke 2-0 Sunderland
West Brom 1-1 Tottenham
Crystal Palace 0-1 West Ham

Performance of the day

Bournemouth celebrate yet another goal against Hull - (Paul Harding/PA)

Chelsea were contenders with their 3-0 victory over reigning Premier League champions, Leicester, but we've gone for Bournemouth after they put six past a woeful Hull City side.

After 35 minutes, and with the scores tied at 1-1, you'd have been forgiven for thinking another classic in the mould of Bournemouth's 2-2 draw against Watford two weeks ago was on the cards. By half time, Eddie Howe's side were 3-1 up and away.

Bournemouth continued to storm the Tigers' goal, with the Cherries adding a fourth and fifth through Junior Stanislas and Callum Wilson respectively.

It was the first time Bournemouth had scored five goals in a Premier League game - and then they scored a sixth through Dan Gosling.

Goal of the day

Mesut Ozil scores for Arsenal against Swansea - (Nick Potts/PA)

Not a goal of the season contender, but Mesut Ozil celebrated his 28th birthday with a fine finish as 10-man Arsenal held onto a 3-2 lead against Swansea at the Emirates.

It was Alexis Sanchez who clipped the ball in for Ozil, who duly waited for the ball to drop before walloping it high into the net of Lukasz Fabianski.

Happy birthday Mesut - many happy returns.

Assist of the day

Diego Costa, Victor Moses and Nathaniel Chalobah celebrate - (Yui Mok/PA)

Chelsea have been openly criticised for their inability to produce their own players, but Nathaniel Chalobah might be the man to break the mould.

The England under-21 player came on in the second half of Chelsea's win against Leicester, and helped put the cherry on the cake with a fine piece of skill to assist Victor Moses for the Blues' third goal.

Receiving the ball from Moses, Chalobah threaded it back to the winger with a cute back-heel for his team-mate to side-foot past Kasper Schemeichel. Perhaps this can be the springboard he needs to make it at this level.

Goalkeeper of the day

Everton's Maarten Stekelenburg saves from the penalty spot against Manchester City - (Martin Rickett/PA)

There's really no contest here, although perhaps surprisingly our selection didn't keep a clean sheet.

Maarten Stekelenburg was the hero for the Toffees this time, their very own Bruce Willis-style action hero, denying Pep Guardiola's side from the penalty spot twice as Everton earned a point at the Etihad.

On top of that, the Dutch international made a string of fine saves from open play, defying Kevin De Bruyne from distance late on as Manchester City failed to take all three points.

Best worst team award

Joe Allen celebrates scoring Stoke City's second goal of the game - (Nigel French/PA)

When Stoke City and Sunderland kicked off at the Britannia, both were the only teams in the Premier League yet to win a game. Consequently, they both lay bottom of the table.

Fortunately for Stoke, summer signing Joe Allen is experiencing something of a resurgence in form. The bearded midfielder scored twice as the Potters compounded Sunderland's misery, lifting themselves to eighteenth in the process.

The win also puts Stoke's recent form into perspective: Mark Hughes' side are undefeated in three games now, after draws against West Brom and Manchester United, along with victory against the Black Cats.

Fact of the day

Aaron Cresswell can count himself a little unlucky perhaps to have been sent off after two dubious refereeing decisions went against him at Crystal Palace.

Having been judged to have dived after a challenge from Yohan Cabaye in the Palace penalty area, the Hammers defender was given a second yellow less than a minute later after a challenge on Wilfried Zaha.

If it's any consolation to Cresswell, West Ham held on without him to win 1-0.