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By Caroline Cheese

1935: Off I go then. Gold medals all round for you lot today - a super start to the season. For goodness sake, don't go forgetting Match of the Day on BBC1 at 2230 BST and simulcast for UK users on this very website. Mark 'Chappers' Chapman is fielding your calls on BBC Radio 5 Live's 606 right now. See you tomorrow.

1932: The very first Player of the Day of the new season , according to user of Player Rater, is West Ham striker Dean Ashton with a massive 8.85. He's just ahead of Hull hero Geovanni (8.61) and Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz (8.38). Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan brings up the rear with a pitiful 4.16.
Pick a match, rate the players

1928: Of course, it's goalscorer Fernando Torres who gets your vote as man of the match over on Player Rater. He's on 7.25. Not a lot of love for Damien Plessis is there?
Sunderland v Liverpool Player Rater

1927: Victory puts Liverpool seventh and means Bolton will hold onto top spot in the Premier League for at least tonight.

1925: Not exactly convincing from Liverpool but credit to Sunderland, who looked very solid if a bit toothless up front. Only a moment of magic from Fernando Torres denied them.

1923: FULL-TIME Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool

1920: Nabir El Zhar gets a ridiculous yellow card for kicking the ball away. He's not happy, but the camera pans to Sunderland boss Roy Keane who is quietly seething after seeing his side concede so late.

1917: Daryl Murphy does well to get the cross in under pressure from two defenders but Michael Chopra can't quite get in ahead of Pepe Reina, who gets a kick from the Sunderland striker for his troubles.

1917: Four minutes remaining for Sunderland to salvage something.

1915: "A top four side has to be able to get three points at places like Sunderland. Simple as. Fernando agrees."
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1912: GOAL Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool
Sizzling. Fernando Torres makes some space on the edge of the box and unleashes a fierce right-footed shot into the bottom corner. He's been pretty quiet all game but you cannot take your eye off him for one second.

1912: With less than 10 minutes remaining, Sunderland bring on Michael Chopra for El-Hadji Diouf. Chopra scored a late, late winner for the Black cats on the opening day of last season.

1910: Party trick time for Xabi Alonso. The Spaniard is on the halfway line when he spots Craig Gordon off his line. With the Sunderland keeper frantically back-pedalling, Alonso's effort drops wide. Best effort of the game.

1906: Robbie Keane's last action is that tremendous block from Fernando Torres' shot. Nabil El Zhar is on. "There's only one Keano," sing the Sunderland fans.

1906: "Great defending by Keane"
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1902: Fabulous save from Craig Gordon, sticking out an arm to stop a Dirk Kuyt shot which flicks off Danny Collins on the way through. Fernando Torres latches onto the rebound but his effort is brilliantly blocked by... er, Robbie Keane.

1901: Silly challenge from Pascal Chimbonda on Yossi Benayoun gives Liverpool a free-kick on the edge of the box. Steven Gerrard's effort is blocked by the wall.

1859: Meanwhile, Sunderland are quietly trying to frustrate Liverpool, closing down quickly and forcing the Reds back.

1855: Corner for Liverpool, who are quietly building a bit of pressure. It comes out to Yossi Benayoun, who heads it towards goal but Craig Gordon collects.

1851: "Liverpool are shaping up and playing like a team that will get a goal. Wretched first 30 minutes, but they're in it now."
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1848: Steven Gerrard's shot from a tricky angle is blocked by Danny Collins. Sunderland go up the other end where Daryl Murphy's effort is easily collected by Pepe Reina. Oooh, end to end.

1847: Alvaro Arbeloa sees yellow for bringing an end to Kieran Richardson's run. Sunderland change: Teemu Tainio off, club captain Dean Whitehead on.

1845: Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon pushes Yossi Benayoun's shot round the bottom of the post. Good stop. Getting a bit more lively now.

1844: Daryl Murphy crosses from the left for El-Hadji Diouf but he scuffs his shot and it dribbles into Pepe Reina's arms. Disappointing.

1843: Steven Gerrard tries a shot from distance but it drifts harmlessly wide of the post. Dean Whitehead preparing to come on for Sunderland.

1841: Kuyt tried to get the ball past Nyron but he said no no no. Neat bit of build-up play from the Reds though.

1839: "Losing two first-team midfield players and our only really wide option to the Olympics is hurting Liverpool. The new players will settle."
Paul B, via text on 81111

1835: Liverpool make a change in midfield as Xabi Alonso replaces Damien Plessis at half-time. And we're off again.

1832: "Cheesy, now it's the half time breather, maybe a few thoughts on how our boys and girls did in Beijing today? Super Saturday indeed, it was an epic! I got goosebumps watching the end of rowing! Superb stuff."
Anon via text on 81111
Flippin brilliant. Loved it. And what about that 100m? Incredible.
Golden Britons sparkle in Beijing
Bolt surges to gold in new record

1829: Cripes, nearly forgot to tell you about Player Rater. It seem you don't quite know what to make of it all. Sunderland's Daryl Murphy and Liverpool's Pepe Reina lead the way on round sevens.
Sunderland v Liverpool Player Rater

1827: "What's happened to Torres? I've seen nothing of him, just like in the Standard Liege game."
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1825: "This has been going on and on - about Roque Santa Cruz and other people. Let's dispel all this. No-one is leaving the club. We have had a really good start. We have won at Everton and not many teams do that apart from the top four. It was a great achievement."
Blackburn boss Paul Ince after the 3-2 win over Everton

1823: "Where does BENITEZ FIND these players?! Keane aside, the new signings on the pitch ain't good enough!"
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1819: "Sunderland had the upper hand in the first half an hour but Liverpool came back into it and had a couple of half-chances. Roy Keane will be the happiest. Liverpool need to tighten up the midfield area."
BBC 5 Live analyst Kevin Gallacher

1818: HALF-TIME Sunderland 0-0 Liverpool

1814: But wait a minute. Sunderland clear the ball only to the edge of the box where Robbie Keane flicks the ball onto his left foot and volleys inches past the post. Brilliant skill.

1813: Liverpool win a corner. Nothing from it. This looks like one of those classic late Saturday kick-offs, ie not very good.

1808: Brilliant cross from Steven Gerrard but Pascal Chimbonda is there to clear for Sunderland. Much better from Liverpool now.

1804: Controversy. Steven Gerrard is upended by Nyron Nosworthy as he slips the ball through for Yossi Benayoun, who himself is bundled over by Pascal Chimbonda in the box. Referee Alan Wiley awards the free-kick for the first incident. Gerrard's effort is blocked.

1759: Fernando Torres touches the ball past Teemu Tainio and races into the box. The Sunderland man pulls out of the challenge and the Liverpool striker stumbles but doesn't go down, which is good to see.

1755: Alvaro Arbeloa is penalised for pulling back Phil Bardsley, giving Sunderland a promising free-kick on the left. Jamie Carragher clears.

1752: Diouf is up in arms again. He cuts the ball back from the byeline - but the linesman flags for a goal-kick. Didn't look over the line to be fair.

1751: El-Hadji Diouf gets a warning from the referee after throwing his toys out of the pram over a decision. Respect, Dioufy, remember?

1747: Well, there's Fernando Torres and his first real contribution is to fall over very easily. Hmmm...

1744: Kieran Richardson harries and hassles out left, putting in a couple of hefty challenges and setting up El-Hadji Diouf to cross for Daryl Murphy - but the header is easily saved. The crowd loved that from Richardson.

1742: Good start from Sunderland, and the fans are reacting. Liverpool yet to get going. Barely seen Robbie Keane and Fernando Torres.

1736: El-Hadji Diouf is onto Sami Hyypia's appalling back header but he is robbed by Jamie Carragher as he prepares to shoot. Diouf looking for a goal for his new club against his old club.

1734: Apparently, the pitch at the Stadium of Light is 4m shorter than last year at the behest of Roy Keane. Not sure if it was his idea to do the fancy grass-cutting. Circles everywhere except the centre circle and the two penalty boxes, where it's stripes. Lovely.

1732: Off we go then.

1731: Handshakes all round on the benches as Roy Keane greets opposite number Rafa Benitez.

1728: Liverpool are sporting their new away kit - which is strikingly similar to the one they wore in 1990 when they last won the league.

1727: "Arsenal are the only team that kept a clean sheet so far. Who was saying we need a defender?"
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1726: Liverpool give a Premier League debut to Andrea Dossena and he'll be a happy boy after being named in Marcello Lippi's first squad since returning to coach Italy. Fabio Capello names his England squad between 1900 and 2000 BST today.

1722: They're just interviewing Sunderland chief exec Niall Quinn on the telly. He's so tall, the camera is basically pointing up his nose. Anyway, he says - for about the millionth time it seems - there's no drama that Roy Keane hasn't signed a new contract.

1721: "Hah what a top four! Relegation zone doesn't look too unlikely though..."
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1719: "There's no news. He travelled with us, he played for 20 minutes and he did very well to be fair. So it's a wait and see."
Spurs assistant boss Gus Poyet on the future of Dimitar Berbatov

1715: The table has updated and who's that at the top of the league? It's only blimmin Bolton! Blackburn, Hull and Middlesbrough make up the Champions League places, with West Ham in the Uefa Cup as it stands, with just the 37 games remaining.

1713: "Re 1701: Middlesbrough the new dark horses for the Champions League places? I'll be watching our attacking play tonight on MOTD!
Boko in Boro, via text on 81111

1710: "Craig Fagan was in my face yesterday because he wasn't in the starting eleven. There's competition for places at this club. But one swallow doesn't make a summer. We'll see."
Boss Phil Brown after Fagan set up the winner for Hull

1707: TEAM NEWS Sunderland v Liverpool
Sunderland hand competitive debuts to Pascal Chimbonda, Steed Malbranque, Teemu Tainio and El-Hadji Diouf. After a 0-0 draw with Standard Liege on Wednesday, Liverpool bring in Sami Hyypia for Daniel Agger while captain Steven Gerrard returns after injury in place of Xabi Alonso.

1701: And what about Tottenham? Everybody's dark horses for the Champions League places lose at Middlesbrough. They surely won't repeat the miserable start to the season they made last time out will they?

1659: Not such happy days for Stoke. After a pretty woeful effort at Bolton, bookmakers Paddy Power are already saying they will pay out on the Potters' relegation. Harsh.

1657: That, ladies and gentlemen, is the magic of the Premier League. The unlikely figure of Caleb Folan is Hull's hero as they win their first game in the top flight. Just eight more points to match Derby then. Incredible scenes at the KC. There's going to be some party tonight.

1656: FULL-TIME West Ham 2-1 Wigan

1655: FULL-TIME Hull 2-1 Fulham

1655: FULL-TIME Everton 2-3 Blackburn

1654: FULL-TIME Bolton 3-1 Stoke

1654: FULL-TIME Middlesbrough 2-1 Tottenham

1654: GOAL Bolton 3-1 Stoke
Sub Ricardo Fuller heads home from six yards for a consolation for the newcomers deep into injury time.

1652: GOAL Everton 2-3 Blackburn
Ryan Nelsen's header fromStephen Warnock's free-kick hits the post and Andre Ooijer stabs home the rebound.

1651: GOAL Middlesbrough 2-1 Tottenham
Rob Huth heads into his own net from David Bentley's free-kick to give Spurs a glimmer of hope. Too late surely.

1650: Hull will have to hold out for five minutes of added time if they are to post their first win in the top flight at the first attempt.

1648: Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson fails to collect Phil Jagielka's long cross and Everton wonderkid Jose Baxter is at the far post but heads wide.

1645: Middlesbrough 2-0 Tottenham
Bad to worse for Tottenham. Didier Digard's shot is prodded home by fellow sub Mido - who wraps up victory for Boro against his former club.

1644: Boateng shuns the stretcher and walks off the pitch with the help of a couple of medical staff but he is struggling.

1643: Hull may have to finish this game with 10 men. George Boateng is being treated for a head injury. He looks very groggy.

1640: GOAL Hull 2-1 Fulham
Hang your head, Paul Konchesky. The Fulham left-back is caught in possession by Craig Fagan and he slides the ball across for fellow sub Caleb Folan to slot home. Pandemonium at the KC.

1638: Injury-ravaged Everton bring on 16-year-old striker Jose Baxter as they seek a winner against Blackburn.

1637: "Yellow card for Bentley...I didn't even realise he was playing."
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1635: Johan Elmander receives a standing ovation from the Bolton fans as he comes off. He's scored one and been a general nuisance to the Stoke defence all afternoon.

1633: Hull make their final substitution and that means Dean Windass will have to wait for his first appearance for the Tigers in the top flight.

1632: West Ham's injury-prone striker Dean Ashton is substituted after picking up a knock as the Hammers struggle to fend off Wigan. Freddie Sears replaces him.

1629: GOAL Middlesbrough 1-0 Tottenham
Spurs fail to clear a corner and Stewart Downing gets the ball into the box where Afonso Alves's effort comes off the bar and arrives at David Wheater's feet. He can't miss - and he doesn't. Bit of justice there after Wheater's effort was harshly ruled out in the first half.

1626: Dimitar Berbatov is on for Tottenham and he immediately sets up Jermaine Jenas - but Boro keeper Brad Jones saves with his legs. Berbatov's arrival prompted a 'mixed' reaction from the Spurs fans.

1624: GOAL Everton 2-2 Blackburn
That didn't last long did it? Long ball from Stephen Warnock and birthday boyRoque Santa Cruz finishes through Tim Howard's legs.

1623: GOAL Everton 2-1 Blackburn
Everton's magic man Mikel Arteta chips the cross to the far post for Yakubu to head home from close range.

1621: Nicky Barmby's first game in the top flight for hometown club Hull comes to an end as he is replaced by Peter Halmosi.

1617: Oh my word. Ian Ashbee slips the ball through for Nicky Barmby, who crosses for Geovanni, but the Brazilian scuffs his shot wide. He was right in front of goal. Poor.

1615: Bobby Zamora delivers a tempting ball across goal but Simon Davies can't quite provide the finish for Fulham.

1612: "Whatever David Moyes did during half time I'm certain it was very painful! Frantic second half so far."
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1610: Michael Turner heads over for Hull, who are holding their own against Fulham. Some of their defending is a bit Championship though.

1606: GOAL West Ham 2-1 Wigan
Hope for Wigan. Emile Heskey flicks theball on and Egyptian Amr Zaki smashes in his first goal for the Latics. The Gladiator strikes.

1604: No messing about at Goodison Park. They're up and away already.

1602: "Stoke are being ripped apart by a team who just survived last season and whose signings didn't convince me. They're down already."
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1556: The game between Burnley and Ipswich will kick off at 1600 BST. The parachutist is still stuck on the roof, but they're going to press on regardless. Does that mean he's got a free ticket?

1554: I can only apologise. Everything froze there didn't it? I blame Rafa Benitez...

1549: HALF-TIME Bolton 3-0 Stoke

1548: HALF-TIME Everton 1-1 Blackburn

1548: HALF-TIME West Ham 2-0 Wigan

1547: HALF-TIME Hull 1-1 Fulham

1547: HALF-TIME Middlesbrough 0-0 Tottenham

1547: GOAL Bolton 3-0 Stoke
It's a tough introduction to the Premier League for Stoke as Bolton look to have sealed victory before the break, Johan Elmander heading in from another free-kick.

1546: GOAL Everton 1-1 Blackburn
Mikel Arteta spots Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson is out of position and bends a delicious free-kick in at the near post. Clever from Arteta but not a great start to Robbo's Rovers' career.

1543: Respect update... Yakubu has a tizzy about a decision which goes against him and ref Andre Mariner calls over Everton skipper Phil Neville to tell him the striker's behaviour is not on.

1541: GOAL Bolton 2-0 Stoke
A classic Kevin Davies goal, outmuscling two defenders and heading home a long ball from the halfway line. The smile has already disappeared from my Stoke-supporting colleague's face.

1540: More comedy capers at Turf Moor. The fire engine to remove the stranded parachutist on top of the roof has arrived, but a car is blocking its progress so an announcement has been made. Burnley v Ipswich yet to kick off.

1538: Nearly the second booking of the season at the Reebok Stadium as the ref has to warn Bolton mascot Lofty the Lion about his behaviour.

1537: Watch the 100m at the Olympics if you missed it. Mindblowing.
Live - Olympics

1534: GOAL Bolton 1-0 Stoke
Gretar Steinsson gallops down the right and arrows his cross... over keeper Thomas Sorensen and right into the far corner. I don't think he meant that you know.

1532: David Wheater heads in a corner for Middlesbrough but the ref reckons he pushed Spurs defender Michael Dawson in the process. Not sure about that, Mr Atkinson.

1529: Is that the first yellow card of the Premier League season? I think so. Hull's Sam Ricketts gets that unwanted stat after pulling back Zoltan Gera.

1525: Chances at a premium at the Reebok Stadium. Bolton new boy Johan Elmander has come closest against Stoke, just failing to make contact in front of goal.

1523: GOAL Hull 1-1 Fulham
If this is the standard of goals we can expect this season, we're in for a cracker. Geovanni picks up the ball a few yards inside the Fulham half, drives through the midfield and smashes it left-footed past Mark Schwarzer. That's Hull first top-flight goal and it's an absolute peach.

1521: GOAL Everton 0-1 Blackburn
It's another stunner. David Dunn turns away from the challenge of Phil Jagielka and curls a magnificent shot into the corner. Paul Ince, resplendent in a grey suit, enjoyed that.

1518: At Hull, John Pantsil volleys over for Fulham from a corner. At Boro, Tuncay goes on a driving run through midfield before laying the ball off for Alves, who somehow manages to fire over the bar with only the keeper to beat. Massive let-off for Spurs.

1518: Blackburn have started better at Goodison Park and Roque Santa Cruz twice heads wide from good positions after dangerous crosses from Steven Reid.

1516: David Bentley fizzes a shot past the post in his first game for Tottenham.

1514: Remarkable story coming in from Burnley... the game against Ipswich has been delayed after a parachutist got stuck on the roof. The unfortunate fella was one of seven scheduled to land inside the ground but he misjudged his landing.

1510: GOAL West Ham 2-0 Wigan
"We are top of the league," sing the home fans at Upton Park. Calum Davenport hooks the ball towards goal and Dean Ashton cannot miss from two yards out. After all the doom and gloom in pre-season, this is a fabulous start for the Hammers - and Ashton, who is being watched by England boss Fabio Capello.

1508: GOAL Hull 0-1 Fulham
It's the first Premier League goal at the KC Stadium but it's not quite what the home fans were after. Jimmy Bullard is given all the time in the world to put his cross onto Seol Ki-Hyeon's head.

1503: Hull go so close to their first top-flight goal. Geovanni's header is brilliantly clawed away by Mark Schwarzer and John Pantsil clears off the line from Richard Garcia.

1503: GOAL West Ham 1-0 Wigan
Brilliant from Dean Ashton, latching onto Julien Faubert's cross, turning the defender and smashing a shot into the top corner.

1502: And we're under way in these five 1500 BST kick-offs.

1459: Lordy, the announcer at Hull is never going to last the game, let alone the season, if he carries on at this rate. He's giving every name on the team-sheet a throaty bellow. Is he always like this?

1457: Out come the players at Hull to a tumultuous reception from the home fans. Brilliant. Just brilliant. I love football.

1455: Sir Alex Ferguson is at Goodison Park for Everton v Blackburn... has he come to wish Roque Santa Cruz a happy birthday?

1452: We've got a Stoke fan in our office. A man not renowned for his cheery disposition, you can't keep the smile off his face today. Great to see. Wonder how long it will last?

1450: TEAM NEWS Hull v Fulham
Hull include four new signings - Anthony Gardner, Geovanni, George Boateng and Marlon King - for their first match in English football's top flight. Fulham record 10.5m signing Andrew Johnson sidelined with a thigh injury, but Mark Schwarzer, John Pantsil and Zoltan Gera make their debuts after summer moves to Craven Cottage.

1449: TEAM NEWS West Ham v Wigan
West Ham, with nine first-team players already sidelined through injury, give a debut to Swiss defender Valon Behrami. Wigan hand debuts to Olivier Kapo, Lee Cattermole and on-loan Egypt striker Amr Zaki.

1446: Now then, if you're reading this on the BBC website, flip to the football home page and you'll see another fancy development for the new season: BBCi's football update service Score in front of your very eyes. And there's more. Match of the Day will also be simulcast on the website, and will be available on iPlayer. It's only for UK users though. Sorry, rest of the world.

1442: After that magical start with Samir Nasri's debut goal after only four minutes, Arsenal toil to a 1-0 win over the new boys. West Brom looked a lot more solid in that second-half, but it was the same old story for the Gunners - plenty of pretty football, not much cutting edge.

1440: FULL-TIME Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

1438: TEAM NEWS Bolton v Stoke
Bolton hand a debut to new 11m frontman Johan Elmander while Fabrice Muamba also makes his first start for the club.Stoke manager Tony Pulis has summer signing Dave Kitson leading the line, one of three new faces included in the starting line-up for the club's first ever Premier League fixture.

1437: We're into three minutes of added time at the Emirates.

1434: "Re 1419: Berbatov trained at Spurs Lodge on Friday. Which is nowhere near Manchester. Not sure how he had his supposed medical."
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1433: Lovely bit of skill from Robin van Persie in the box, but he drags his shot wide.

1432: TEAM NEWS Middlesbrough v Tottenham
Middlesbrough go with three strikers in Jeremie Aliadiere, Tuncay Sanli and Afonso Alves, while new boys Didier Digard and Marvin Emnes are on the bench. As mentioned, Spurs boss Juande Ramos leaves Dimitar Berbatov on the bench with the striker still being linked with a move to Manchester United. Didier Zokora plays at right-back and Darren Bent starts on his own up front.

1430: TEAM NEWS Everton v Blackburn
Everton have no new signings and an injury crisis forces boss David Moyes to press 17-year-old Jack Rodwell into service in midfield. Jose Baxter - another talented teenager - is on the bench. Blackburn's new boss Paul Ince gives a debut to England goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

1428: Robin van Persie forces Scott Carson into a rare save in this second half. The Baggies keeper comfortably catches the Dutchman's far-post header.

1426: West Brom make their final change bringing on Craig Beattie for Chris Brunt.

1425: Emmanuel Eboue is determined to get on the scoresheet. He cuts back on the left and unleashes - but it's easily blocked.

1421: And that Tottenham team news is confirmed. Dimitar Berbatov is on the bench, with Darren Bent playing on his own up front.

1420: Ishmael Miller comes off after putting in a good shift for the Baggies, Roman Bednar on.

1419: Dimitar Berbatov has arrived with the Spurs squad at Middlesbrough - despite rumours he was having a medical at Manchester United on Friday - wearing a club tracksuit and with a baseball cap pulled tightly down on his head. He is set to be on the bench today.

1418: Kolo Toure does indeed come on, Theo Walcott making way. Will the young man ever play a full game?

1415: A change apiece. Former Holland under-21 international Sherjil MacDonald replaces Marek Cech for West Brom. Arsene Wenger introduces Robin Van Persie for Nicklas Bendtner. Looks like Kolo Toure will be on in a sec.

1414: A clearance smacks into Emmanuel Adebayor and rebounds into Theo Walcott's path. The cross is converted by Adebayor but Walcott was offside.

1413: The marking is much better from West Brom now. As Theo Walcott looks to create some space down the right, he has two men on him. He doesn't look too happy about it either.

1411: That's Emmanuel Eboue's third effort from distance but he doesn't seem to be getting any closer.

1408: James Morrison saves West Brom by sticking a leg out to deflect Gael Clichy's cut-back away from Theo Walcott.

1405: As his former Arsenal team-mates look for a second goal against the Baggies, Justin Hoyte completes his 3m transfer to Middlesbrough. A good signing I would think...

1403: Well done HumanCashPoint, who posts the first 'phantom' goal of the Premier League season on 606. It really does get funnier every time...

1358: Emmanuel Adebayor escapes down the left-hand channel and this is a much easier chance that that one a couple of minutes ago, but he bends it agonisingly beyond the far post, the keeper completely beaten.

1357: Oh my goodness. Ishmael Miller springs a quite abysmal offside trap from Arsenal, Manuel Almunia saves his shot and then Johan Djourou - who messed up the offside in the first place - clears off the line from Paul Robinson. The recriminations begin as Almunia, William Gallas and Djourou all get involved.

1355: What on earth? The ball is rather fortunately deflected into Emmanuel Adebayor's path but he gets his shot completely wrong, curling it well wide.

1352: Away we go then.

1350: Looks like it's a very minor injury Robin van Persie is suffering. He's warming up as if he might be coming on.

1349: That's not all though, but we're keeping you on tenterhooks for the other stuff. Oooh, cheeky.

1346: Just while we wait for the players to come back out, I can tell you that we've got some exciting developments this season on the BBC website, including these new-fangled things called blogs. The brilliant Phil McNulty and Paul Fletcher are among those who will entertaining you this season...
Fletch's blog

1342: Couple of things. According to about a million people who have texted in, apparently West Ham also went 'sans sponsor' back in 1997. I stand corrected - but Rafa Benitez is really to blame for that error. And there are other people celebrating birthdays today apart from Roque Santa Cruz, including Madonna and Joleon Lescott.

1339: It may be a new season but nothing changes on Player Rater. Score a goal, watch your score rocket. Samir Nasri leads the way on 7.92, the West Brom defence not exactly proving to be flavour of the month.
Arsenal v West Brom Player Rater

1336: "I've missed my first opening Arse game in 13 seasons as I couldn't get out of a muddy field in Wales early enough this morning where I'm at croissant neuf music festival. Still, I have a pint of Welsh real ale, the Cajun girls dancing troupe and the match highlights on BBC text. I'm going to go crazy and have a solar shower at half time..." Anon via text on 81111

1335: HALF-TIME Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

1334: Pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass... Denilson shot, well wide. It's like Arsenal never went away.

1333: Good work from Ishmael Miller on the left, spinning away from William Gallas before winning the corner.

1331: "Can I just take this opportunity to say a couple of things, firstly have been looking forward to this day since May 12th and secondly, happy birthday to Roque Santa Cruz."
Taff from Blackburn, via text on 81111

1330: Nervous moment for the visiting fans as Scott Carson scoops a scuffed Samir Nasri shot into the air but he collects at the second attempt.

1327: Samir Nasri swings over a free-kick from the left but Abdoulaye Meite meets it with a firm header as Emmanuel Adebayor waits. A little over five minutes until half-time and West Brom look a bit more settled now.

1323: Emmanuel Eboue performs a neat turn in midfield to make a bit of space but it's a pretty wild shot at the end.

1320: "My girlfriend's in a reet sulk because of the season starting. She's been relegated to the kitchen to watch Meerkat Manor! Robbie Keane hat-trick today!"
Matt R via text on 81111

1318: A rare foray forward from West Brom via a long ball, which is flicked on and deflected behind from Kim Do-Heon's effort.

1315: As I'm sure you'll have heard, West Brom are without a shirt sponsor this season - creating Premier League history. In their yellow away shirts, they look a bit like a team of referees.

1313: Corner for Arsenal and Nicklas Bendtner powers a header wide. Absolutely nothing from West Brom after 25 minutes.

1309: I must apologise to residents of west London. That sound you just heard was my colleague celebrating an Essex wicket. What? There's cricket going as well? When are we expected to have lives?
Live text - FP Trophy final

1308: It's not as good a start to the season for Arsenal as I thought... Just noticed Manuel Almunia's hair. Horror show.

1306: "I'm listening to hot buttered soul by the late Isaac Hayes and checking the Premier League text updates on the BBC website. Does life get much better?"
Thom G, via text on 81111

1304: And it's another gold for Great Britain in the velodrome as Chris 'The Real McHoy' Hoy takes Keirin glory.

1259: I think the Gunners are confident. William Gallas strides out of defence and with no one really pressuring him, he unleashes a delicious, swerving shot from 35 yards which fizzes past Scott Carson's right-hand post and thwacks into the advertising hoarding.

1258: "What a start for Arsenal. That should dispel any Arsenal doubts they might have had. That's a big goal for Nasri. He'll play more freely and without fear now."
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1256: Samir Nasri receives the ball in space on the left-hand edge of the box but his curling effort is deflected behind. West Brom aren't closing down anywhere near quick enough.

1254: Arsenal are slicing the Baggies apart down the left and another free-flowing move ends with Theo Walcott's header being blocked by Paul Robinson - shouts for handball and it was close.

1252: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 West Brom
What a goal to start the season! Incisive passing down the left and Denilson pulls it back for Gunners new boy Samir Nasri to slot home on his competitive debut.

1249: Emmanuel Adebayor gallops to the byeline and flicks the cross in for Nicklas Bendtner but the Baggies defender nips in to put the ball behind for a corner.

1248: West Brom kick off the 2008/9 Premier League season!

1247: The Emirates Stadium is basked in sunshine as the players make their way onto the pitch and West Brom boss Tony Mowbray takes his place on the bench. I'm excited. You?

1245: Arsenal's team has an average age of 23 and a half today apparently. Big season for Theo Walcott this...

1241: Take that, world. Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins cruises to a magnificent gold in the individual pursuit at the velodrome. He's not even out of breath! Perfect timing too, he'll be able to watch Arsenal v West Brom now.
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1239: Poor old Rafa Benitez. "I get blamed for everything, for global warming to high petrol prices," the Liverpool boss said yesterday. Just so you know, should I get anything wrong today, I will be blaming Rafa Benitez.

1234: "Looks like Denilson and Nasri are playing in the middle with Eboue and Walcott on the flanks. Great to see the Premiership finally have seven subs on the bench. That one change will see more youngsters getting a chance at big clubs."
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1230: TEAM NEWS Arsenal v West Brom
Samir Nasri is fit to make his competitive Arsenal debut and he replaces Aaron Ramsay. Robin van Persie has a minor injury and is replaced by Nicklas Bendtner. West Brom are without new signing Gianni Zuiverloon, who is at the Olympics, and the injured Luke Moore as well as Neil Clement and Rob Koren. Scott Carson, Abdoulaye Meite and Marek Cech make their Baggies' bows.
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1224: Those of you who have been following our live text commentary on the Olympics might be feeling a bit short-changed about the lack of an auto-refresh on here. Don't. It's only because we trust you footie folk to use the F5 button with respect.

1217: Today's early game sees new boys West Brom travel to Arsenal. Should be interesting. The Baggies scored a hatful last season but conceded nearly as many. Arsenal look a bit short don't they? But I seem to remember we said the same last season and they didn't do too badly.

1213: "Finally we are here, oh how I've longed for this day to come, I can smell the blood sweat and tears of another season already. And it's glorious!"
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1208: I know today is all about Bolton v Stoke etc, but there are some Olympics shenanigans going on and I will endeavour to keep you up to date with Super Saturday in Beijing. A couple more British golds to come in the velodrome today.
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1206: "Come on you Baggies! Win and we go top, not much to ask for!"
Nick, Cannock, via text on 81111

1202: "Get the first text of the season in! Bit of Gran Canaria month back. Lost tan already wiv british weather! Liverpool to win league!"
Ash, Wolverhampton, via text on 81111

1155: Welcome back, Premier League. Been anywhere nice?

Barclays Premier League Table
01 February 2010 22:00
    P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 23 38 54
2 Man Utd 24 36 53
3 Arsenal 24 32 49
4 Tottenham 24 20 42

5 Liverpool 24 16 41

6 Man City 22 14 41
7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
9 Everton 23 -1 32
10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
11 Fulham 23 -2 27
12 Stoke 22 -7 26
13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
14 Wigan 22 -23 22
15 West Ham 23 -9 21
16 Bolton 22 -15 21
17 Wolverhampton 23 -21 21

18 Burnley 23 -23 20
19 Hull 23 -26 20
20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15

see also
Saturday's football photos
16 Aug 08 |  Football

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