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Big weekend for London clubs
by Paul Kennedy, August 17th, 2009 7AM



[ENGLAND] The Premier League's five London teams all won on the opening weekend of play. The biggest win was by Arsenal, which buried Tim Howard's Everton, 6-1, showing it hardly missed its high-scoring striker Emmanuel Adebayor sold (along with Gunner defender Kolo Toure) to Manchester City.

Spanish star Cesc Fabregas scored two second-half goals for the Gunners, but the game had lone been since decided.

Brazilian Denilson, Frenchman William Gallas and new Dutch signing Thomas Vermaelen had all scored in the first half. Croatian international Eduardo made it 6-0 before Louis Saha scored in the last minute.

''From before the game being ruled out by everybody to now become a super favorite, there's two extremes,'' Wenger said. ''It was an interesting first game.''

Arsenal's North London rival Tottenham beat the EPL's Merseyside other team, Liverpool (2-1).

Other London teams to win were Fulham (1-0 at Portsmouth), West Ham (2-0 at Wolverhampton) and Chelsea (2-1 over Hull City).

Premier League
Aug. 15-16
Chelsea 2 (Drogba 37, 92) Hull 1 (Hunt 28).
Stoke 2 (Shawcross 19, own goal 33) Burnley 0.
Portsmouth 0 Fulham 1 (Zamora 13).
Wolves 0 West Ham 2 (Noble 22, Upson 69).
Blackburn 0 Manchester C. 2 (Adebayor 3, Ireland 91).
Bolton 0 Sunderland 1 (Bent 5).
Aston Villa 0 Wigan 2 (Rodallega 31, Koumas 56).
Everton 1 (Saha 92) Arsenal 6 (Denilson 26, Vermaelen 37, Gallas 41, Fabregas 48, 70, Eduardo 89).
Manchester Utd. 1 (Rooney 34) Birmingham 0.
Tottenham 2 (Assou-Ekotto 44, Bassong 59) Liverpool 1 (Gerrard pen. 56).


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