1. It was a good weekend for scoring on your debut. Alex Buttner, Nick Powell, Dimitar Berbatov, Mark Lowton, Christian Benteke and Javi Garcia all accomplished that feat.
2. Paul Scholes: he continues to score goals. The Manchester United legend marked his 700th game with a goal against Wigan. The only surprise was that he didn’t also celebrate with a trademark yellow card.
3. Southampton are the Premier League equivalent of a geeky new kid arriving at school and the headmaster suggesting he hangs around behind the bike shed to make some new friends. Their 6-1 thumping at Arsenal topped a series of beatings from Champions League bullies. They’ll be delighted to pit themselves against the mid-table might of Aston Villa next week.
4. Arsene Wenger was probably on the phone to Roberto Mancini on Saturday to complain that he missed the opportunity to label Stoke’s handball goal as rugby rather than basketball.
5. Danny Welbeck ends the week with a 2:1 ratio of dives to penalties won. But his penalty area theatrics are yet to result in a goal.
6. London 2012 really did inspire a generation. Peter Odimwingie obviously spent a lot of time watching taekwondo over the summer.
7. Given Kieran Gibbs’ new hobby of own goal assists, Arsene Wenger is considering signing Jamie Carragher to play up front. He’ll just tell him to cut out as many of Gibbs’ crosses as possible.
8. Vito Mannone can stroll into Arsenal training looking pretty smug this morning. After two clean-sheets, he was dropped to give Wojciech Szczesny the opportunity to drop a clanger and concede the Gunners’ first goal of the season.
9. Andre Villas Boas will be relieved to get a Spurs win under his belt before his ginger hair was replaced by the Brian McDermott look.
10. After all the talk about no handshakes at Loftus Road, we missed the briefing that there would be no goals between Chelsea and QPR.