GREAT START FOR ARSENAL, BLUES, CITY

LONDON - Arsenal hammered out an early English Premier League title warning on Saturday when they crushed Everton 6-1 at Goodison Park.

LONDON - Arsenal hammered out an early English Premier League title warning on Saturday when they crushed Everton 6-1 at Goodison Park.

Elsewhere on the opening day of the new season, Chelsea came from behind to defeat Hull City 2-1 while moneybags Manchester City beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0.

Arsenal were 3-0 in front before half-time against an Everton side who finished fifth last time out with Brazilian midfielder Denilson putting the Gunners ahead with a 26th-minute curling shot.

Didier Drogba sealed all three points for Chelsea when, in the second minute of added-on time, his cross-shot floated over Hull keeper Boaz Myhill at Stamford Bridge.

Stephen Hunt had scored on his Hull debut as the Tigers took a shock lead before Drogba equalised in the 38th minute. Drogba admitted his last-gasp winner, in coach Carlo Ancelotti's first taste of Premier League action, was lucky.

Manchester City's new signing Emmanuel Adebayor gave them the lead at Blackburn when he turned in Shaun Wright Phillips's third-minute cross. Stephen Ireland added the second in the last minute.

Portsmouth were undone by Fulham at Fratton Park when Clint Dempsey's 13th-minute shot deflected off Bobby Zamora and past goalkeeper David James.

Wigan, in Roberto Martinez's first match as a Premier League manager, stunned Aston Villa 2-0 when Hugo Rodallega let fly from long range with a dipping shot that beat Brad Friedel before Jason Koumas made the three points secure the 56th minute.

Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent secured Sunderland's 1-0 victory against Bolton with a fifth-minute header.

Mark Noble put West Ham in front at Molineux against Championship winners Wolves with a curling first-half shot before Matthew Upson's header from a corner doubled the Hammers' lead in the 69th minute.

Stoke were 2-0 up inside 34 minutes against Burnley, playing their first top-flight match in 33 years, after Ryan Shawcross headed them in front before Stephen Jordan's own-goal. - Sapa-AFP

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