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By Sam Lyon
1900: I think we should all go for a nice lie down, don't you? A little snooze - and then up again for Match of the Day 2 at 2225 on BBC One. Clearly, you do not want to miss that. Under any circumstances. After that, rest up for a couple of days because I'm going to need all your best chat on Wednesday on one of the best days of the footballing season - the last day of the transfer window. Boomtown. Join me,
from 0800 BST then. Aces.
logos8 on Twitter:
"It's funny because both Redknapp and Wenger were saying couple of days ago that they can challenge for the title... Seriously?"
Harry, leaving Old Trafford, via text: "Think there hasn't been enough talk of how amazing the Arsenal fans were today. Incredible away support."
MAN UTD 8-2 ARSENAL Chief football writer Phil McNulty
at Old Trafford: "Manchester United respond to their neighbours' show of power at Spurs in spectacular style. As for Arsenal - where do you start? Horrible and Arsene Wenger cut a desperate figure on his darkest day for years."
WEST BROM 0-1 STOKE Nabil Hassan reports: "Stoke remain unbeaten, West Brom remain pointless but this game really should have been a draw. The Potters pinched victory with their only shot on target in the game."
TOTTENHAM 1-5 MAN CITY Jamie Lillywhite reports: "A devastating display from Man City, surely providing the most perfect response to the envy-driven comments about their level of spending and negative style of play."
NEWCASTLE 2-1 FULHAM Alistair Magowan
reports: "Leon Best scored twice as Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew showed his adeptness of galvanising a team growing used to losing its key players."
1835: What a day of football that was hey? Wowzers.
kjsarabi on Twitter:
"Average age of today"s starting 11s: Man Utd 23 v Arsenal 23.6. Quality youth vs Average youth. The Arsenal myth exposed. Case Closed."
Tezhotdart via text: "As an Arsenal fan I'm bewildered this is unbelievable. Wenger era is over and it can't happen soon enough (before the transfer window closes hopefully). Invincible's 2004 to undeniably woeful 2011 - relegation battle here we come."
1822: What about Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger? "We were very weak in some departments and Man Utd had a lot of class. You always feel humiliated when you concede eight goals," said the Frenchman - but, more pertinently, he is asked if he is going to quit: "No." Has he considered it? "No." Does he have the confidence of his employers? "Yes, I think so." He went on... "The solution in England is always to buy players, but it doesn't always happen like that."
SwissRamble on Twitter:
"Arsenal's strategy of selling their best players, not replacing them, and throwing youngsters in at deep end might just need some fine-tuning."
1818: Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson - not one to revel in a rival's misery, it has to be said - is as straight-faced as a poker genius in his interview, but he must be dancing inside. He tells BBC Sport: "The score line does surprise me [but] they had maybe eight players missing and that told as the game wore on. Arsene has been a big adversary for me and will continue to be so when he gets his players back." And on Danny Welbeck, he added: "It is a hamstring injury and that will mean four-five weeks out."
Anon via text: "What's going on at Arsenal is verging on negligent. Two billionaire owners, not a word from them, Wenger left out to dry by board. Penny pinching will see us relegated!"
Raw89 on Twitter:
"Ferguson knew Man Utd were going to demolish Arsenal today hence why he chose to start speaking to the BBC again this weekend!"
Jonny via text: "Chelsea scored more and conceded less in the first three games last season and look what happened..."
1810: Man of the match? Tricky... ahem... but it went to Wayne Rooney: "It's obviously a great feeling but the performance today was incredible. Every time we play Arsenal we have a go and score goals. They have got a few players out but the performance was brilliant."
pp0u20e8 on Twitter:
"As an Arsenal fan, I just re read the score and laughed aloud. I feel like I should be listening to Things Can Only Get Better."
Jae via text: "As a massive Chelsea fan who relishes our meetings with Man Utd, I have to say they are looking unbeatable. But at the same time Arsenal aren't really much of a team this season."
InfostradaLive on Twitter:
"Arsenal also conceded 8 goals against Loughborough (8-0) on 12 December 1896, but that was in Division 2."
1807: Oh - and Man Utd are now top of the table. On goal difference ahead of Man City.
1805: Let's look at the match stats, shall we? Well alongside 10 goals (Rooney 3, Young 2, Welbeck, Nani, Park, Walcott, Van Persie), we had 28 shots (15-13), 16 on target (10-6), eight corners (3-5) and 59% of possession enjoyed by Man Utd too. I don't know what any of that really tells us that the scoreline doesn't, mind. Man Utd 8-2 Arsenal. Says it all.
RuuAndThatsAll on Twitter:
"Arsenal fan forever... but today my faith is near enough zero. I have no words for what just happened. It's a dark year ahead."
Will, Liverpool fan, via text: "Seeing that performance has made our win at the Emirates seem amateurish!"
1759: That, by the way, is only the fourth time a team has scored eight goals in a Premier League fixture. Woah.
1758: Where do you start with that? Like, seriously? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
or text in via 81111 (UK) and help me paint the picture of the madness we've just witnessed at Old Trafford. Please.
1752: And there's almost the ninth - Ji-Sung Park's snap-finish from Ashley Young's cut-back deflected over by a desperate lunge from Laurent Koscielny. Crazy.
Man Utd goal: And there's one of them. Unbelievable. Ashley Young, as he did in the first half, curls a stunner right-footed into the top far corner from 18 yards leaving Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny with absolutely no chance. Incredible.
1750: GOALFLASH Man Utd 8-2 Arsenal (Young)
1749: We will have three added minutes. Enough time for at least two more goals, I'd say.
1748: One minute of normal time remaining... and still Man Utd come forward... Chris Smalling breaking the Arsenal defensive line for the umpteenth time this afternoon, only for his cross to elude the sliding Javier Hernandez inside the box by a matter of inches.
1745: It's almost laughable how open this game remains - Aaron Ramsey jinking through the Man Utd defence this time before clipping a shot with the outside of his boot that only narrowly beats the post.
1743: Double Arsenal change - Henri Lansbury and Marouane Chamakh on for Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie. Their task? To score at least five goals in eight minutes. Tall order, that.
1742: What might have happened had Robin van Persie converted his spot-kick at 1-0, huh?
Man Utd goal: Seven up for Man Utd - and Sir Alex Ferguson can still barely crack a smile on the touchlines. Theo Walcott is adjudged to have pushed Patrice Evra over in the box and Wayne Rooney steps up to convert the penalty. Hat-trick.
1740: GOALFLASH Man Utd 7-2 Arsenal (Rooney, hat-trick)
1739: PENALTY TO MAN UTD
1739: Where will all end?
1737: From the resulting free-kick, Wayne Rooney clips another fine effort narrowly wide.
Arsenal red card: Arsenal have yet to finish a league game with 11 men this season - and they won't do so again today, Carl Jenkinson shown a second yellow card as he trips Javier Hernandez running through on goal. Erm...
1735: RED CARD, Carl Jenkinson, ARSENAL
1734: What next?
Arsenal goal: This game is a right strange game, I tell you. With United looking to pile the goals in at one end, Arsenal sneak another in the back door at the other, Robin van Persie lashing high into the net with the home defence AWOL.
1732: GOALFLASH Man Utd 6-2 Arsenal (Van Persie)
1732: Bizarrely, Arsenal still look a threat going forward... oh, hold on...
Man Utd goal: Scoring. At. Will. And there's still 20 minutes to go. Ji-Sung Park is the goalscorer this time - minutes after coming on as sub - the Korean sliding home from Ashley Young's cut-back. Arsenal are all over the place.
1730: GOALFLASH Man Utd 6-1 Arsenal (Park)
1729: Almost six - Wayne Rooney's sensational chip from 25 yards out beating Wojciech Szczesny but not the post.
1727: Ji-Sung Park and Ryan Giggs on as substitutes for Man Utd. The hosts aren't done yet.
Man Utd goal: This is getting ugly for Arsenal. Very ugly. Wayne Rooney plays the most simple of passes into Nani, completely unmarked and a yard onside inside the box, and the Portuguese winger clips home the classiest of finishes.
1725: GOALFLASH Man Utd 5-1 Arsenal (Nani)
Man Utd goal: He's done it again! An almost exact replica of his first half-strike - only this time from the other side of the area - Wayne Rooney shifting a free-kick to Ashley Young before curling a beauty into the opposite corner.
1722: Time for an Arsenal debut for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, on for Francis Coquelin.
1721: Miss! When Ashley Young's shot from the angle is only parried by Wojciech Szczesny, the Man Utd winger can square for Nani to prod into a basically empty net - but the Portuguese forward scuffs his shot and the chance goes. Huge let-off.
1720: Punch and counter punch between these two sides right now. It's so, so open.
1718: Another minute, another chance - and it should be 4-1... Tom Cleverley playing a one-two on the edge of the box with Javier Hernandez and leaving himself with just the keeper to beat, but his finish is tame and Wojciech Szczesny gets down to save easily.
1715: And that was almost it... Andrey Arshavin getting the better of Phil Jones in a burst into the box but then firing wide via deflection - when Theo Walcott, unmarked, would have had a simple tap-in had Arshavin slipped in an easy square pass.
1713: As dominant as Man Utd have been, another Arsenal goal might make this really interesting.
1712: Oh that's brilliant! Superb move from Arsenal and a delightful ball over the Man Utd defence from Tomas Rosicky, Robin van Persie's snap volley kept out on the stretch excellently by David de Gea. Cracking move, cracking strike, cracking save.
1710: The most surprising fact of this second half? Arsenal are continuing to defend with a ridiculously high line. Bemusing.
1709: And now Nani breaks beyond the Arsenal defence down the right flank, but his cross-come-shot on the chip goes horribly wrong and Wojciech Szczesny can watch it dip harmlessly behind.
1707: Save! As you were from Man Utd at the start of this half, Ashley Young forcing a top low save from Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny with a snap-shot from the edge of the area.
1705: We are back under way.
1704: Right then, players back out at Old Trafford, 45 minutes for Arsenal to prove their critics wrong, or 45 minutes for Man Utd to prove theirs right...
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: "Full time, Watford 2-2 Birmingham City: This turned into a thriller at the end. Birmingham striker Chris Wood thought he was the hero, putting his team 2-1 ahead after 88 minutes, but he was to be outdone by Watford's towering centre-back Martin Taylor who bagged a close-range header deep into injury-time to grab a point for the Hornets."
1658: How good has today's football been so far? Keep the missives coming - Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
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Zain_Patel on Twitter:
"Could a comeback be on the cards at Old Trafford? Looking at the Arsenal bench I seriously doubt it!"
1655: FULL-TIME West Brom 0-1 Stoke
1654: Keep-ball from Stoke as they look to hang on...
1652: HALF-TIME Man Utd 3-1 Arsenal Chief football writer Phil McNulty's
HT snap-shot: "Walcott's goal eases Arsenal's pain very slightly but Man Utd simply have too many attacking options for them. One-way traffic for most of the half and United still firm favourites for the win."
1650: That's basically your last action of the half at Old Trafford - half-time.
Arsenal goal: Right on the stroke of half-time, hope for Arsenal - Theo Walcott dashing on to Tomas Rosicky's through ball to side-foot past David de Gea on the angle and reduce the Gunners' arrears to two. Comeback on?
Stoke goal: Talk about leaving it late... there's been absolutely zero to write home about in this match - but Stoke will care not a jot as Ryan Shotton has surely just won it for them, beating the dallying Ben Foster to a long ball over the West Brom defence to prod home from inside the area.
1648: GOALFLASH Man Utd 3-1 Arsenal (Walcott)
1647: GOALFLASH West Brom 0-1 Stoke (Shotton)
1646: Man Utd oozing class and confidence - none more so than Wayne Rooney, who spots Wojciech Szczesny off his line and tries his luck from inside his own half, the Gunners keeper back to save easily in the end.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: "With 10 minutes remaining at Vicarage Road, Watford equalise against Birmingham through Marvin Sordell, who fires in from an Andreas Weimann pass."
1644: Quite a day this is turning out to be for the Manchester clubs. City rampant earlier this afternoon, United equally so right now.
Man Utd goal: And it's converted brilliantly by Wayne Rooney, who shifts it to Ashley Young and then curls it into the top corner to leave Wojciech Szczesny absolutely no chance. A fine way to mark your 150th Man Utd goal.
1641: GOALFLASH Man Utd 3-0 Arsenal (Rooney)
1640: Ooh - another let off for Arsenal? Carl Jenkinson trips Ashley Young as he looks to get on the end of Tom Cleverley's through-ball - but it's only a yellow, not a red. A fair decision all things considered, I reckon. Free-kick 20 yards out, though...
1639: Could it get worse for Arsenal? Free-kick to Man Utd, 30 yards out, Nani over it... spooned well over.
1636: TV replays also suggest Andrey Arshavin is lucky to be on the pitch still after a late challenge on Ashley Young that would arguably have earned him a booking had he not already been yellow carded in this match. Let off.
1635: Oh - blow for Manchester United - Danny Welbeck has just done his hamstring, that'll be a couple of weeks out at least for the striker. His replacement? Javier Hernandez. Not bad, to be fair.
1634: Approaching the last 10 minutes at the Hawthorns... nothing doing.
Chief football writer Phil McNulty
at Old Trafford: "Big moments for two Man Utd new boys there. Brilliant strike by Young after De Gea's save was rapturously received by fans and team-mates."
1632: How open? Man Utd break and Wayne Rooney's cross is headed inches wide on the dive by Danny Welbeck at the back post.
1631: Back up the other end now - and it's a double save from David de Gea! The Man Utd keeper does well to parry Andrey Arshavin's long-ranger and he's up quickly to block Robin van Persie's follow-up with his body.
Man Utd goal: Answer: very costly. Less than a minute after that penalty miss, Man Utd double their lead as Ashley Young pounces on a defensive error to drill a brilliant curling effort into the top corner from 22 yards out. Quality strike.
1629: GOALFLASH Man Utd 2-0 Arsenal (Young)
Missed penalty: Well well well... David de Gea, take a bow. He took some stick at the start of the season the new Man Utd keeper, but he's growing with every game and that's a fine penalty save, down low to his right to keep out Robin van Persie's spot-kick, after Jonny Evans was adjudged to have grabbed at Theo Walcott in the box. How costly a miss for Arsenal might that be?
1627: PENALTY MISSED, Van Persie, SAVED
1626: PENALTY TO ARSENAL
1624: And Man Utd already threatening a second, Wayne Rooney picking out Chris Smalling's burst down the right, the defender lashing wide from the angle after getting the better of Armand Traore.
Man Utd goal: It's been coming... Anderson's delightful scoop over the Arsenal defence catches Johan Djourou napping and Danny Welbeck steals in to flick a header past the onrushing Wojciech Szczesny from eight yards out. Breakthrough.
1622: GOALFLASH Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal (Welbeck)
1620: As you were at the Hawthorns, Youssouf Mulumbu forcing a deserate block from a Stoke defender with a snap-shot - but that's about as threatening as it gets.
1619: Ouch. Tom Cleverley will need some treatment here after being caught accidentally in the face by Tomas Rosicky's flailing arm up for a header. Blood pouring from his eye, but he should be OK to carry on.
1618: ...headed over under pressure by Laurent Koscielny at the back post.
1618: Corner to Arsenal...
1617: There's a threat on the counter from Arsenal, though, Andrey Arshavin and Robin van Persie, again, combining well but the latter's cross into the box is wasted with zero Gunners runners in the box.
1615: Ouch. Not good from Andrey Arshavin, the Russian going over the top of the ball in a challenge on Phil Jones and he earns himself a booking in the process.
1614: Pleasing on the eye, this, from Man Utd - nice one-touch football forcing Arsenal to look a little ragged as they try to defend their lines. Bright start from the hosts.
1611: First corner of the game at the Hawthorns, but the delivery of Baggies midfielder Chris Brunt drifts harmlessly over everyone's head. Ho hum.
1610: Plenty of buzz and zip on the field at Old Trafford, with Danny Welbeck's running already causing plenty of consternation among the Arsenal defence.
1607: There's another chance for Man Utd, though, Ashley Young releasing Danny Welbeck in on goal with a slide-rule pass, only for the forward to lose his footing and fire wide off balance.
1606: Better from Arsenal, Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin getting on the ball and building a nice passage of play - but Phil Jones stands tall to end the threat with a neat interception.
1604: Arsenal chasing shadows early on at Old Trafford - though we're only four minutes in, admittedly - Wayne Rooney testing Wojciech Szczesny with a long-ranger that the Gunners keeper collects well.
1603: Back up and running at the Hawthorns.
1602: Two minutes in and an Arsenal outfield player has yet to touch the ball - and Tom Cleverley has the first shot in anger at goal, his curled effort just wide of the visitors' goal from Chris Smalling's pass.
1601: Right then, the players are out and about, Manchester United to kick us off, Old Trafford rocking...
1559: While in the Scottish Premier League, it's half-time at Ibrox where
Rangers lead Aberdeen
1-0 thanks to a Steven Davis goal after 15 minutes. You can follow all of the SPL action here.
1558: And a quick update on the Women's Super League before kick-off... Arsenal fans, you can relax, you have already won some silverware this season. Arsenal Ladies have just sealed the inaugural trophy after beating Liverpool 3-1. The Gunners pip Birmingham to the title by three points as the Blues drew 2-2 with Doncaster Rovers Belles."
1556: And Fergie and Wenger have been chatting ahead of the game, Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson on his unchanged side: "I think they deserve to be picked, their second-half performance [against Tottenham] was outstanding. We have to respect Arsenal and I am not taking anything for granted." Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger adding: "I do not feel we are weak at all, we have a big challenge today so let us go for it. We are stretched but you do not expect to have so many players out. We will be up for it and we have the quality." Game time.
1554: Right then, countdown to the big one is almost over... ready?
adithestar on Twitter:
"As much as I want Man Utd to teach Arsenal a football lesson, I don't think its gonna be that easy."
1551: MAN UTD v ARSENAL (1600) Chief football writer Phil McNulty
reports: "So it's simple for Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson. Same team that beat Spurs, with Rio Ferdinand on the bench. Arsenal field a side heavily hit by suspensions to Emmanuel Frimpong, Alex Song and Gervinho, so it's a Premier League debut for French youngster Francis Coquelin."
1549: HALF-TIME West Brom 0-0 Stoke Nabil Hassan's HT snap-shot: "West Brom have shaded what has otherwise been a dismal 45 minutes of football. Stoke are yet to muster up a single shot on target and that in itself tells the story of the first-half. This has 0-0 written all over it."
1548: And that's half-time at the Hawthorns.
1548: Half chance for Stoke as Matthew Etherington's cross finds Jermaine Pennant, but his header is wide.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: "Rooney scores! But it's Irishman Adam, who gives Birmingham the lead just before half time against Watford after turning in from David Murphy."
1544: MAN UTD v ARSENAL (1600) Chief football writer Phil McNulty
reports: "Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has continued his staunch defence - and sympathy for - Arsene Wenger in his match notes for the Arsenal game, writing: "Arsene should remember that we all go through this vicious kind of bear-baiting." Wenger, meanwhile, is in defiant mood, saying: "It feels a little bit like our season starts here. We had that cloud over our heads with the Champions League and it was a difficult summer for us because transfer negotiations lasted longer than expected - but I'm comfortable with where we are."
1542: A bright start in the West Brom-Stoke match is a distant memory now. Current events could best be described as turgid.
1540: BREAKING NEWS West Ham midfielder Scott Parker is on the verge of joining Tottenham. "It will come to fruition in the next 24 hours or so," said Hammers boss Sam Allardyce.
1539: MAN UTD v ARSENAL (1600) Chief football writer Phil McNulty
reports: "Sir Alex Ferguson was moved to dispense sympathy to Arsene Wenger ahead of Arsenal's visit to Old Trafford after his turbulent start to the new season - but it will end abruptly as Manchester United attempt to maintain their winning start to the defence of their Premier League title. United have started the season with a pace, poise and youthful verve that is an ominous sign for their rivals. Arsenal, meanwhile, will be under-strength but with spirits lift at last by the Champions League win against Udinese in Italy."
1536: Stoke forced into a change at the Hawthorns as Marc Wilson pulls up with a hamstring strain. Andy Wilkinson will be his replacement.
Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna
on Twitter: "I'm not playing because of a virus. Felt sick since Thursday... I had high temperature until now... woke up to watch and support my team."
1534: So with Newcastle victorious, Man City rampant, West Brom and Stoke battling it out and Man Utd-Arsenal to come, I imagine you'll all want to get involved here, right? Well then Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
or text in via 81111 (UK). Jubbly.
1532: MAN UTD v ARSENAL (1600) Man Utd: De Gea, Smalling, Jones, Evans, Evra, Nani, Cleverley, Anderson, Young, Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Berbatov, Giggs, Park, Hernandez, Fabio Da Silva. Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Djourou, Koscielny, Traore, Ramsey, Coquelin, Rosicky, Walcott, van Persie, Arshavin. Subs: Fabianski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chamakh, Lansbury, Miquel, Ozyakup, Sunu. Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
1530: Half an hour gone at the Hawthorns, and there's a bit of a lack of intensity on show in the past few minutes. West Brom still on top, but still goalless.
sanj06 on Twitter:
"Wow! That's all that needs to be said about City. Manchester City have arrived!"
Sandler41 on Twitter:
"I understand how much City have spent but that's no excuse for our horrid performance. Hope Levy gives fans their money back."
1525: That, by the way, is Manchester City's biggest ever league win at White Hart Lane - and it's also their sixth win on the spin in the league, their longest winning run since the 1977-78 season. It's hard to overstate how impressive Roberto Mancini's boys were this afternoon.
1523: FULL-TIME Tottenham 1-5 Man City
1523: Barely time to restart at White Hart Lane...
Man City goal: The agony, in fact, increases for Spurs... Edin Dzeko swapping passes with Gareth Barry before curling an absolutely beautiful goal into the top far corner for his fourth of the afternoon and City's fifth. Incredible.
1522: GOALFLASH Tottenham 1-5 Man City (Dzeko)
1520: Two minutes of injury time to play at the Lane. The agony for Spurs goes on.
1518: Still all West Brom at the Hawthorns, Stoke at sixes and sevens in that match so far. Euro hangover?
TyroneLewis22 on Twitter:
"With their injuries and suspensions I can see a similar scoreline happening at Old Trafford to the one at White Hart Lane. Not a good day for north London."
1515: In the Scottish Premier League, meanwhile, Celtic are back to winning ways following last Sunday's surprise 1-0 defeat at home to St Johnstone. They have
at St Mirren thanks to a double from Gary Hooper.
1513: And back at the Lane, Edin Dzeko is denied a fourth of the afternoon when his right-foot shot on the turn from eight yards is blocked by Brad Friedel. Manchester City have been so impressive again today.
1512: Stoke hanging on a touch at the Hawthorns, where Asmir Begovic has just produced another fine save, this time to stop Shane Long's header from Somen Tchoyi's cross.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: "Full time, Nottingham Forest 1-4 West Ham United. The Hammers have sent a message out today with this impressive victory over Steve McClaren's men, who have a lot of work to do defensively if they are to compete for promotion this season."
1510: BREAKING TEAM NEWS Manchester United are unchanged against Arsenal, meaning Rio Ferdinand starts on the bench. The Gunners, without Thomas Vermaelen or Bacary Sagna, start with youngster Francis Coquelin.
1508: Tottenham's brief rally has run out of steam and David Silva really should make it five for Man City when the ball drops to him beyond the defence inside the area, but the Spaniard slashes wide with just the keeper to beat.
1507: Another chance for West Brom, who have started very brightly against Stoke, Paul Scharner getting on the end of a free-kick to head at goal, Asmir Begovic positioned well to save.
1505: Early chance for West Brom as Somen Tchoyi breaks down the right, his cross headed wide - unmarked - by Chris Brunt. Should have done better there the Baggies midfielder.
1503: Ah, that won't help what looks already like a lost cause for Tottenham, Rafael van der Vaart limping from the field with a hamstring injury.
1501: West Brom-Stoke gets up and running.
1500: Tottenham have woken up - and Jermain Defoe is at the heart of it, this time turning inside a couple of City defenders and then forcing a decent save from Joe Hart with a stinger from range. Spurs couldn't, could they?
Tottenham goal: Hold up - does the comeback start here? Out of nowhere, Tottenham reply - Rafael van der Vaart's corner headed home completely unmarked by Younes Kaboul.
1457: GOALFLASH Tottenham 1-4 Man City (Kaboul)
1456: FULL-TIME Newcastle 2-1 Fulham
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: "The comeback was briefly on at the City Ground, as American Robbie Findlay tucked away Joel Lynch's cutback to reduce the deficit, but West Ham quickly extinguished any hopes Nottingham Forest had of a dramatic comeback through Winston Reid, who scored at the back post. Game, set and match. Nottingham Forest 1-4 West Ham."
1456: Final change for a Tottenham side bereft of ideas, inspiration and belief, the hitherto anonymous Luka Modric replaced by Jake Livermore.
1455: WEST BROM v STOKE (1500) Nabil Hassan reports: "Fans of West Brom, look away now. Without a point this season, the Baggies face arguably their "bogey" side today. Stoke have inflicted seven defeats in their last nine meetings and have lost just once to the Baggies in an astonishing 27 league games against them dating back to the 1980s. Stoke are unbeaten both domestically and in Europe this season also, so the omens do not look good for Roy Hodgson's side. You do the math."
1454: With kick-off approaching at the Hawthorns, let's hear again from our reporter...
1452: We're into five minutes of added time at St James' Park, where Demba Ba has just fired a dipper on to the bar - via a deflection. Still hope for Fulham.
Man City goal: "Easy, easy" is the cry from the visiting fans - and it really, really is. Sergio Aguero this time breaks the Tottenham defensive line, beats Michael Dawson as if he's not even there, and then slams home. Tottenham collapsing fast.
1450: GOALFLASH Tottenham 0-4 Man City (Aguero)
Fulham goal: It's not quite game over at St James' Park, though, that's for sure as Clint Dempsey rises to meet Danny Murphy's pin-point free-kick to head home and give the Cottagers hope in the final few minutes.
1438: GOALFLASH Newcastle 2-1 Fulham (Dempsey)
Man City goal: The visitors are rampant and Edin Dzeko on fire, the Bosnian in the right place at the right time again to convert Yaya Toure's brilliant cross from the right from all of six yards out. Game over, surely.
1444: GOALFLASH Tottenham 0-3 Man City (Dzeko, hat-trick)
1443: Second change for Tottenham, Jermain Defoe on for Aaron Lennon, who looks like he's got a bit of a hamstring injury.
1442: WEST BROM v STOKE (1500) Nabil Hassan reports: "Despite being pointless this season, Tony Pulis is expecting a very tough afternoon at West Brom. "The thing Roy will do is put a playing structure in place that everybody understands and they will be very, very difficult to beat," said Stoke boss Pulis. Hodgson meanwhile has urged West Brom to put aside their early season frustration. 'The programme hasn't been kind to us," said Hodgson. "It's never easy to get off the mark. There's no reason for me not to be proud of the players.'"
1440: Tottenham have a corner at White Hart Lane...
1439: Leon Best's work is done for the day, Haris Vuckic replacing the two-goal Newcastle hero.
1437: Oh Fulham should be right back in this, Steve Sidwell's ball over the top finding Danny Murphy unmarked 10 yards out, but the midfielder's header is turned away by Newcastle keeper Tim Krul.
logos8 on Twitter:
"Only three wins for Spurs in their last 14 Premier League matches. I wonder why Modric wants to leave?"
1435: Back under way at White Hart Lane and Tottenham, with a mountain to climb, have brought Tom Huddlestone on for Niko Kranjcar.
T-J a worried United fan, Henley, via text: "Man City's midfield too dominant for Spurs. Can't see anyway back for Spurs - but more worried about United. Fergie really needs to sign a new midfielder soon." .
IainFordyce17 on Twitter:
"Fulham havent impressed under Martin Jol yet. Thought Mark Hughes done a fantastic job. Would have liked to see him there this year."
1432: Oh, Fulham almost didn't need Andy Johnson, Chris Baird's ripper from range forcing Toon keeper Tim Krul into a decent save above his head.
1431: Fulham are about to make a change in a bid to get back into things at St James' Park, Andy Johnson readying himself for a late 20-minute cameo.
1429: WEST BROM v STOKE (1500) Nabil Hassan reports: "Jonathan Woodgate returns to the heart of the Stoke defence while Robert Huth and Matthew Etherington are also back in the side after being suspended for the Europa League match against FC Thun on Thursday. West Brom are unchanged from the side that lost 2-1 at Chelsea last weekend so that means boss Roy Hodgson has gone with Somen Tchoyi up front."
1428: What response from Fulham now? A first Premier League goal of the season would help.
Newcastle goal: Oh that's nice. Demba Ba's impact is immediate, his fine cross finding Leon Best, who turns brilliantly before slamming home 12 yards out. Double trouble.
1424: Two more Premier League games to come today, of course, and the teams are in for your 1500 kick-off...
1423: Newcastle still leading at St James' Park, but Fulham certainly testing their mettle at the moment. As a result, the hosts make a change, Demba Ba replacing Peter Lovenkrands.
1421: TOTTENHAM 0-2 MAN CITY Jamie Lillywhite's HT snap-shot: "Tottenham may have welcomed back Luka Modric but they have been over-run in midfield by a slick City side. Looking ominous for Spurs, City rampant."
1419: And that's your last action of the half at the Lane.
1418: Spurs break... Gareth Bale on the charge... but his low shot is deflected behind. Waste.
1417: Crossbar! And almost 1-1 at St James' Park, Steve Sidwell's header from Damien Duff's cross brilliantly tipped on to the bar by Toon keeper Tim Krul.
1415: Man City are cutting through this lightweight Tottenham line-up at will now, and Edin Dzeko - sensing he may never have a better opportunity to grab a Premier League hat-trick - pings a stinger at goal that forces Brad Friedel into another good stop.
1414: That's six in his last five games for Edin Dzeko - and Spurs are left reeling as a result.
Man City goal: Edin Dzeko - unstoppable. Samir Nasri is the creator again but Dzeko has work to do when the Frenchman's cross is behind him, brilliantly managing to direct his stretch header back across goal and into the corner from 12 yards.
1412: GOALFLASH Tottenham 0-2 Man City (Dzeko)
1411: Back at White Hart Lane, Spurs are almost back in it after a magnificent driven cross from Gareth Bale that a diving Peter Crouch heads oh-so fractionally wide.
Newcastle goal: Breakthrough. There's an element of fortune for Newcastle as Mark Schwarzer's smart stop on to the bar from Yohan Cabaye's shot falls to Leon Best, who has the simple task of tapping in three yards out.
1409: GOALFLASH Newcastle 1-0 Fulham (Best)
1408: Manchester City's tails are right up and Sergio Aguero's run and shot from the edge of the area is only narrowly wide.
1407: Back under way at St James' Park.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: "It is half time at the City Ground, with West Ham leading Nottm Forest 3-0. The Hammers are really looking like promotion material today, and they should lead by more than three goals, but Forest's defending has been very poor."
Man City goal: Fine move, fine goal - advantage City. Samir Nasri swaps passes with Sergio Aguero on the edge of the box to get clear on the left and his pin-point cross is slid home by Edin Dzeko six yards out ahead of Younes Kaboul's challenge.
1405: GOALFLASH Tottenham 0-1 Man City (Dzeko)
1403: Deary me that was close from Gareth Barry, the midfielder's stinging 20-yard effort zipping past the Tottenham post with Brad Friedel motionless.
1401: Make that five yellow cards for the match - Rafael van der Vaart having his name taken for a kick at Pablo Zabaleta. Unusual for a game that has barely showed any needle.
1357: BIG chance for Tottenham, Peter Crouch's flick header from Aaron Lennon's centre reaching Gareth Bale unmarked and with just the keeper to beat at the back post eight yards out, but the Welshman's swiped finish is scuffed well over. Let-off for City.
1355: Still livelier than a fireworks factory at White Hart Lane, but no goals. Referee Phil Dowd is also playing his part, booking three Man City players in five minutes to bring the yellow cards total to four for the match.
1352: HALF-TIME Newcastle 0-0 Fulham Alistair Magowan's
HT snapshot: "Not much doing for 43 minutes and all of a sudden Newcastle have woken up. This game needs goals and, at last, the hosts look more likely to score."
1351: Ooh, top effort, top save, Tottenham's Rafael van der Vaart drilling a left-foot free-kick at goal and Man City keeper Joe Hart across well to tip it around the post.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: "The Nottm Forest marking is nowhere to be seen. Six minutes later, Carlton Cole is the man allowed a free header from inside the six yard box and the England striker accepts the gift with open arms. Forest 0-3 West Ham."
1350: Half-time whistle at St James' Park.
1348: Save! Cracking keeping from Brad Friedel, the Tottenham keeper getting down low to tip David Silva's fine low shot around the post.
1346: Another chance for Newcastle, Gabriel Obertan doing well down the right and cutting the ball back to find Leon Best, whose shot on the turn is blocked. Moments later Yohan Cabaye sees a curler tipped over the bar. Better.
1344: Still plenty of enterprise at St James' Park but the final pass is a long-way off at the moment. Newcastle look slightly more threatening, though that is not saying much, Jonas Gutierrez going close just now with a header from Cheik Tiote's cross.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: "Nottm Forest fall two goals behind at home against West Ham, 25 minutes in. Matt Taylor's low cross is turned into his own net by the home side's skipper Luke Chambers, before Kevin Nolan nods in from a corner to double the Hammers' advantage."
1342: There is so much space in and behind both defences at White Hart Lane, you wonder if the players on both sides have fallen out with their team-mates. The opening goal can't be far away.
1339: Fine save - Joe Hart this time - the City keeper pushing Rafael van der Vaart's smart turn-and-shot from 18 yards around the post. Excellent game, this, so far.
1337: Man City chance - David Silva forcing a parried save from Brad Friedel in the Tottenham goal, Samir Nasri dragging the rebound wide when well placed.
1336: By comparison, it's all dormouse quiet in the Newcastle-Fulham tie.
1334: Gosh it really is a bright start in London - Man City on the offensive this time, with Samir Nasri's bobbline shot forcing Brad Friedel into a sprawling stop.
1333: A plethora of attacking talent on show today at the Lane, and Niko Kranjcar - continuing in an unfamiliar central midfield role - rips one wide of the City goal from range.
1331: And Tottenham launch an immediate attack as Benoit Assou-Ekotto gets free down the left, his cross finding Aaron Lennon at the back post but the winger firing wide left-footed from the edge of the box.
1331: Tottenham kick us off at White Hart Lane.
1328: And, if you're wondering about Luka Modric's reception from the Tottenham crowd - I can tell you his name was greeted with the loudest cheer of any of the players by the home crowd.
1327: Here come the players at White Hart Lane. The crowd already buzzing.
1324: We're 25 minutes in at St James' and still no great cut to both teams' thrust. Both sides looking a touch toothless at present. Newcastle starting to get on the ball in the last few minutes, though.
1320: Some tasty tackles going in at St James' Park - even without Joey Barton - and referee Kevin Friend is one of the busiest men out there right now.
1317: TOTTENHAM v MAN CITY (1330) Jamie Lillywhite reports: "Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is hopeful his team can still challenge the top teams, despite not being able to match them financially, saying: 'We will be right there, pushing this year. It's hard to compete with them in terms of wages and spending but we have some quality and I wouldn't write Tottenham off this year. It's not impossible.' Man City boss Roberto Mancini has no doubts whatsoever about his side's chances, though, and says: 'We don't have a big history like United but at the moment every player wants to come to Manchester City. We are very close to these Man Utd and Chelsea.'"
1315: Over at White Hart Lane, by the way, the sun is blazing down with 15 minutes to go until kick-off. And while you could be forgiven for thinking Newcastle-Fulham may lack goals today, few could argue Tottenham-Man City doesn't look - on paper at least - like being an absolute goalfest.
1313: Looks like Ryan Taylor is fit to continue, and Newcastle need him at the moment with Fulham right into gear now. Pajtim Kasami in particular looks a real threat for the Cottagers.
1312: Oof - Ryan Taylor, defending a Fulham corner, wears one in the face and he will require some treatment. One to keep an eye on.
1310: Chance for Newcastle now, Yohan Cabaye's wayward shot nodded goalwards by Peter Lovenkrands from the edge of the area, the effort drifting narrowly wide.
1308: First shot in anger at goal from Fulham, Steve Sidwell blazing over from around 20 yards out. Decent build-up play from the visitors, though.
1307: And it's a fairly muted start at St James' Park so far, to be fair. Fulham arguably settled the quicker of the two.
1304: Just the one goal scored between Newcastle and Fulham so far this season, by the way. Odds on a scoreless draw today? 8-1.
1301: Here we go then, under way in Newcastle - where I should also mention that Matthew Briggs replaces John Arne Riise for Fulham.
1258: Plenty more on Tottenham v Man City to come, but the players are out and about at St James' Park, Newcastle and Fulham almost ready to kick off...
1256: TOTTENHAM v MAN CITY (1330) Jamie Lillywhite reports: "Unsettled playmaker Luka Modric makes his first appearance of the season for Tottenham, with fellow Croatian Niko Kranjcar partnering him in the centre of midfield. Peter Crouch also makes his first start of the season, preferred to Jermain Defoe who is on the bench along with midfielder Tom Huddlestone. For Man City, former Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri makes his debut, with Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero the dangerous partnership up top."
CWigham82 on Twitter:
"Newcastle have a decent defence, plenty of guile in midfield but nothing up top. 1-0 win for the Toon I reckon."
Matt, somewhere between London and Reading, via text: "You are a saviour! Just started a five-hour train journey from London to Bodmin and the only thing keeping me sane will be your commentary! Newcastle, City, United and a draw today I reckon!"
Deccaden on Twitter:
"The Man City front four looks very exciting today: maybe Mancini has been reading the Kevin Keegan book 'the art of war'."
1252: TOTTENHAM v MAN CITY (1330) Tottenham: Friedel, Corluka, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Modric, Kranjcar, Bale, Van der Vaart, Crouch. Subs: Cudicini, Huddlestone, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe, Bassong, Walker, Livermore. Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Toure Yaya, Barry, Silva, Nasri, Aguero, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Milner, Johnson, Savic, Tevez, Balotelli. Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
1250: TOTTENHAM v MAN CITY (1330) Jamie Lillywhite reports: "Tottenham denied Man City to qualify for the 2010-11 Champions League but Roberto Mancini's team have certainly moved several notches up English football's ladder of superiority since then. With Liverpool sensing a return to halcyon days it is becoming increasingly difficult for Harry Redknapp's team to return to the top four and uncertainty over Luka Modric has not helped. Mancini's main concern appears to be which of his galaxy of stars to omit, not just in his XI but his matchday squad, and they could be top of the table tonight with a win."
oneilldbw on Twitter:
"Re 1242; Spurs to announce another signing during a match?? They announced two during their last game."
1248: NEWCASTLE v FULHAM (1300) Alistair Magowan
reports: "Newcastle fans will wonder what the future is like without Joey Barton. Quieter, probably. But following the departure of other big-name players, the Toon Army may view this game as evidence of what they need before the transfer window shuts on Wednesday. Fulham are yet to score in the Premier League and had a Europa League trip to Ukraine on Thursday so Magpies boss Alan Pardew will want his team to take advantage, you would think."
Cymrujon on Twitter:
"I can understand Man Utd being favourites but the odds on a wounded Arsenal getting a win seem very generous!"
Greg via text: "RE: Scott in Maidenhead: most ridiculous question ever?"
Squeders on Twitter:
"Been acquiring MRI scans since 6am to be done for todays clashes. Even the machine isnt as magnetic as Sunday football!"
1244: NEWCASTLE v FULHAM (1300) Alistair Magowan
reports: "Battles to bring in players have overshadowed any hope of respite for Newcastle boss Alan Pardew after beating Sunderland. He said: "I just look forward to the training ground and the matches, and everything else is tough. But I love it." Fulham boss Martin Jol is also looking to strengthen. "It is not only about strikers," he said. "Nine players left the club and there will probably be one or two leaving by the end of the transfer window."
1240: BREAKING TEAM NEWS Samir Nasri starts for Man City v Tottenham.
1239: NEWCASTLE v FULHAM (1300) Alistair Magowan
reports: "Newcastle makes four changes to the side which beat Scunthorpe, with Steven Taylor, Gabriel Obertan, Chiek Tiote and Jonas Gutierrez all coming in. Leon Best starts alongside Peter Lovenkrands as Shola Ameobi has a slight knee problem. Fulham's Pajtim Kasami replaces Andy Johnson from the team which played Dnipro, while Bobby Zamora is still out injured."
1231: So, yes, this afternoon marks the climax of the inaugural Women's Super League with both Arsenal and Birmingham in with a shout of winning the title. The Gunners are favourites as victory over bottom of the table Liverpool will continue their domestic dominance but do not write off Birmingham. They face Doncaster Rovers Belles and even though the title is out of their hands, things have rarely been straightforward this season for the north Londoners. Kick off for all four WSL games is 1400 BST - news of that to follow later.
Robrock33 on Twitter:
"You're right it's a monster day, don't know which games to watch! Think Tottenham & Man Utd edge it... just."
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: "Two sides expected to be in the hunt for promotion, Nottingham Forest and West Ham United, face off at the City Ground. Neither side have set the league alight so far this season, but a victory for one of the teams will lay down a significant marker to the others in the division. Struggling Watford need to pick up wins quickly if they are to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle. They come up against Birmingham, who recorded an impressive win in the Europa League qualifying round on Thursday."
QPR midfielder Joey Barton
on Twitter: "Super Sunday! West Ham, Newcastle, Man C and Man U all win for me. I can sense a little roll up."
Josh, Bristol, via text: "Re: 1200. Now this is a story all about how Wolves' and Arsenal's league positions flipped upside down. And I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there, to tell you how Arsenal have to win to end their nightmare."
1213: Oh yes - and you know that myself,
will be bringing you all the news as it happens on Wednesday in a 0800-0000 BST 16-hour Transfer Deadline Day Commentary bonanza, don't you? *Dribble*
1210: By the way, you do know that the summer transfer window shuts in four days, don't you? And a host of clubs have yet to do their dealings, you suspect. Mega. The next 83 hours or so are going to be positively buzzing.
1208: A flavour of today's line-up for you; Newcastle can go top of the league by beating Fulham by four goals; new-era nemeses Tottenham and Man City resume rivalries but this time at opposite ends of the table; West Brom and Stoke play a game of football; Man Utd host Arsenal in what is a potential title play-off in August; and alongside that quartet, I'll also be bringing you the Championship latest, news of the finale of the Women's Super League and all the transfer news as it happens. Bish bash bosh.
1205: Hey, I'm excited. So sue me.
1203: Listen, if you can't start a football commentary with some Fresh Prince lyrics on a day like this, when can you huh? Take a look at today's fixtures.
LOOK AT THEM.
It's what the phrase 'absolutely blooming monster' was invented for.
Newcastle v Fulham,Tottenham v Man City,West Brom v Stoke,Man Utd v Arsenal...
throw in a couple of Championship doozies and a BBC live text commentary and you've got the recipe for a perfect Sunday afternoon, right?
1200: Yo back up now and give a brother room. The fuse is lit and I'm about to go BOOM.
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