Newcastle United’s search for a first win of the season goes on after they went down 2-0 at Arsenal in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, while Liverpool climbed to second in the standings with a comfortable home win over Southampton.

Despite Eddie Howe (pictured) being in the dugout for the first time after he missed last weekend’s 3-3 draw with Brentford due to a positive Covid test, the Magpies (11/10 to stay up) were unable to chalk up their first victory of the campaign and they remain rooted to the bottom of the table on six points.

England international Bukayo Saka, who went off shortly after scoring and will undergo a scan on a muscular injury, got the opener for the Gunners in the 56th minute before his replacement, Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli, made sure of the points 10 minutes later.

Arsenal sit fifth in the table on 23 points, only behind fourth-placed West Ham on goal difference, and next make the trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on Thursday.

In the 15:00 games on Saturday, Liverpool produced a clinical performance to defeat Southampton 4-0 at Anfield and climb to second in the table, just one point behind leaders Chelsea, with the Reds now 4/1 to win the Premier League title.

A brace from Diogo Jota and strikes from Thiago Alcantara and Virgil van Dijk secured the easy victory for the Reds, who have won their last three games across all competitions to nil and scored 10 goals in the process.

That is the second defeat in a row for the Saints, adding to last weekend’s loss to Norwich City, and they will be looking to get back to winning ways on Wednesday when Leicester City visit St Mary’s.

Speaking of the Canaries, they remain unbeaten under new manager Dean Smith after they played out a 0-0 draw at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers at a wet Carrow Road.

Steven Gerrard made it two wins from as many games since taking charge of Aston Villa after the Villans defeated Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park.

Matt Targett and John McGinn were both on target for the visitors, who climb to 11th in the Premier League and next play host to defending champions Manchester City on Wednesday.

In Saturday’s late game at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton and Leeds United played out a 0-0 draw. The result puts the Seagulls up to eighth position, while the Whites (3/1 to be relegated) are 17th and just three points above the drop zone.

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