Chelsea stayed top of the Premier League despite a dull goalless draw against west London rivals QPR.
The pre-match build-up was dominated by talk that Anton Ferdinand could refuse to shake the hands of visiting players John Terry and Ashley Cole.
And it appeared to have a detrimental effect in terms of on-pitch matters as both sides looked distracted and conspired to produce a disappointing spectacle.
Arsenal took a massive leap up the league table to third in the day’s stand out result as they trounced newly-promoted Southampton 6-1.
The Gunners went in front on 11 minutes thanks to a Jos Hooiveld own goal before Lukas Podolski, Gervinho and another own goal from Nathaniel Clyne made it 4-0 at half time.
Gervinho grabbed his second of the game with twenty minutes remaining before substitute Theo Walcott added a sixth goal late on. Danny Fox scored Saints’ consolation goal at the end of the first half.
Newly-promoted Southampton remain rock bottom with zero points from four games.
Manchester United also impressed as they romped to a 4-0 victory against Wigan at Old Trafford, despite Javier Hernandez missing an early penalty.
A flurry of second half goals from Paul Scholes, Hernandez, Alex Buttner and Nick Powell sealed the Latics’ fate and boosted United into second place.
Champions Manchester City slipped to fourth as they could only manage a 1-1 draw away at Stoke.
A bundled effort from Peter Crouch had the Potters ahead on 15 minutes before newly-signed Javi Garcia headed City level in the 35th minute to keep them unbeaten this term.
Aston Villa won their first game of the season as they beat Swansea 2-0 thanks to goals from summer signings Matthew Lowton and Christian Benteke.
And a Dimitar Berbatov brace and late strike from Steve Sidwell gave Fulham a 3-0 win at home against West Brom whose unbeaten start to the season was brought to an uncompromising end.
In the day’s early game Norwich hosted West Ham and the side’s played out a 0-0 draw.