Meanwhile, having just lost 2-0 to a fast improving Aston Villa side, Chelsea have subsequently also lost the oppurtunity to leap frog Liverpool and Arsenal into the top spot.
As it stands, they are level on points with the merseysiders (Liverpool, Everton) and Arsenal, but having played a game more.
Liverpool's new number 9 couldn't have had it any easier against Derby (Courtesy http://soccernet.espn.go.com)
As for the leaders, well well, Liverpool and Arsenal are both playing sublime attacking football, and seemed to have added a little bit extra into their game as compared to last season. I don't think either managers would have predicted that they would be the ones topping the tables this early in the season.
Liverpool have complemented their stout defence and strong midfield with the potent attacking forces of Torres, Babel, Voronin and Benayoun. Arsenal meanwhile, seem to have added an extra dimension to their game play. In contrast to previous seasons, when Arsenal would have passed their opponents to death, they now seem more willing to deliver early crosses as well as taking long range shots.
Even with the dismissal of Senderos, Arsenal continued to dominate (Courtesy http://soccernet.espn.go.com)
All in all, it makes for great EPL watching for all fans and neutrals alike. However, many people seem to be getting carried away with this exciting start. Suddenly, Chelsea and Man United have already blown their chances of winning the league.
This is total flying chapati's and cow dropping nonsense. Its only 5 games into the EPL. Get a grip people. Especially all the Liverpool and Arsenal fans, and dare i say it, Everton fans. Man United and Chelsea may be faltering, but never doubt them for a minute. They have consistently shown in the past that they have what it takes to be champions, and perhaps they've decided to add a little bit extra 'spice' to the EPL, by giving some of the other teams a head start.