1. Chelsea yet to convince as potential champions
Having ended up in the stands after the 2-1 win over Manchester City last week, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho cut an altogether more bedraggled figure in watching his side slip to an insipid 2-0 loss at Newcastle United. Mourinho rightly lamented his side's performance after blowing the chance to go top of the Premier League before Arsenal hosted Liverpool later in the day. Mourinho had used all his substitutes by the 70th minute to suggest all wasn't well. A baffling and saturated day for Mourinho in Geordieland.
2. Begovic goal highlights Stoke problems
Asmir Begovic joined a select band of goalkeepers to score in the Premier League when his wind-assisted clearance from the Stoke area managed to somehow elude Artur Boruc before bouncing over the Southampton goalkeeper in the opening minute. Southampton recovered to earn a 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium. The problem Mark Hughes' Stoke side face is fairly obvious when Begovic is the club's joint top-scorer in the league after 10 games.
3. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas should spare a thought for Emmanuel Adebayor
Often derided as lazy, money-grabbing and self-centred, perhaps the time has come for this supremely talented if constantly frustrating forward to be brought in from the cold. Even if only introduced as an impact substitute with a point to prove, there are worse men than Adebayor to have around the squad providing he is committed to the cause. He would offer something different to Roberto Soldado as the Spaniard adapts to the rigours of the league. He could have helped turn a point at Everton into three on Sunday when Spurs dominated large swathes of possession without ever looking likely to score.
4. Scottish teams should play in England
Two Welsh sides in the form of Cardiff and Swansea were given top billing in Sunday afternoon's live game. It makes you wonder why Celtic and Rangers aren't invited to join the world's richest league. If it is good enough for Wales, surely it should be good enough for Scotland. Sky would surely sell more subscriptions with the Old Firm match rather than the south Wales derby.
5. Arsenal are not a one-man team
And there we were thinking Arsenal were all about Mesut Ozil. The £42 million German playmaker may have fuelled Arsene Wenger's side's rise to a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League, but the 2-0 win over Liverpool illustrated threats all over the park. The goals scored by Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey were items of genuine beauty.
6. Too early to speak about a Manchester United resurgence
Manchester United are only three points adrift of second-placed Chelsea after a second straight win in the Premier League. But cutting apart a Fulham side 3-1 at Craven Cottage should be no reason to get the bunting out. Fulham did an impersonation of a side who had just met each other in the opening 22 minutes as their defence bled goals. Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie look in good nick, but Arsenal should provide a better examination of their current health at Old Trafford on Sunday.
After a 2-1 win over Newcastle last week, Sunderland reverted to type in having two men sent off in an ill-disciplined 1-0 loss at Hull, their eighth reverse in 10 league matches. Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena can have few complaints about their red cards for needless, late challenges. This is the type of match Gus Poyet's side have to win if they are to avoid being sucked into a season-long battle against the drop. Not only do Sunderland appear to be in the same state as they were under Martin O'Neill last season, not much seems to have changed since Paolo Di Canio was bulleted. New manager, same as the old one? Time will tell, but the early signs are not encouraging. Remember Di Canio also started off with a win over Newcastle.