Spurs and Liverpool are the only two clubs in the Barclays Premier League still with a 100% record intact following narrow 1-0 victories at the weekend.
Roberto Soldado notched his second goal from the penalty spot in as many games to give the North Londoners the win at home to Swansea, whilst the Reds tasted success on the road at Villa courtesy of a crafty finish from England striker Daniel Sturridge – a somewhat harsh result for the Villains who dominated the contest after half time.
It is Chelsea however who top the table, albeit having played a game extra, after they secured a valuable point against Manchester United at Old Trafford o Monday evening.
The match promised much as the first genuine heavyweight domestic clash of the season but delivered very little by the way of chances, with both teams seemingly prioritising avoiding defeat and handing their rivals a crucial early season advantage.
Arsenal experienced a nightmare start on the opening weekend of the campaign but the Gunners got themselves back on track in style against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Olivier Giroud got the visitors up and running before a brace from Lukas Podolski sealed the points comfortably to take the heat off boss Arsene Wenger.
The big shock of the weekend came at Cardiff as the Bluebirds stunned title contenders Manchester City 3-2.
Hitman Edin Dzeko, so unfortunate not to score in City’s 0-4 romp at Newcastle, opened his account for the season with a wonderful 20 yard drive but Manuel Pellegrini’s men were then undone by Aron Gunnarsson’s strike and a superb brace from Frazer Campbell.
High profile summer signing Alvaro Negredo pulled one back for the Citizens but it was too little too late as Cardiff hung on for a famous triumph – and one that leaves City already off the pace behind their main adversaries.
Elsewhere, promoted Hull City got off the mark with a 1-0 home victory against Norwich City, Robbie Brady netting a first half spot kick, whilst Stoke City bagged all three points at home to Crystal Palace as Charlie Adam and Ryan Shawcross got themselves on the score sheet.
The remaining fixtures on the second weekend finished as draws as Everton failed to break down West Brom at Goodison Park, whilst Sunderland fought back from a goal down to level 1-1 with Southampton.
Newcastle and West Ham played out the final stalemate at St James’ Park keeping the pressure well and truly on Alan Pardew who is facing a battle to keep star man Yohan Cabaye ahead of the next round of games.
Arsenal vs. Spurs and Liverpool vs. Manchester United are the headline acts to come on the third weekend of Premier League action beginning this Saturday.