LONDON (AP):Liverpool continued their perfect start to the Premier League season as Daniel Sturridge scored a superb goal to give the Reds a 1-0 win at Aston Villa yesterday and Arsenal brushed off talk of crisis with a 3-1 win at London rivals Fulham.
The England striker showed his technical finesse in the 21st minute after Philippe Coutinho let Jose Enrique's low cross run past him to Sturridge, who skipped round two Villa defenders and goalkeeper Brad Guzan before poking the ball into the roof of the net with the outside of his left foot.
Sturridge's eighth goal in his last seven Premier League appearances gave Brendan Rodgers' men a second consecutive win after they opened their campaign with a 1-0 win over Stoke. Liverpool has yet to concede a goal and host bitter rivals and defending champions Manchester United next weekend.
Arsenal eased their angry fans' concerns about their lack of signings by earning its first points in the Premier League this season with their win at a rain-soaked Craven Cottage.
Germany striker Lukas Podolski scored a brace and Olivier Giroud grabbed his third goal in as many games as Arsenal bounced back from a home defeat against Aston Villa in a convincing manner, looking in total control most of the time.
"I am pleased for him because he hasn't started much recently more because of the balance of the team than his performances," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said about Podolski.
Other results: Stoke 2 Crystal Palace 1; Hull 1 Norwich 0; Everton 0 West Bromwich Albion 0; Newcastle 0 West Ham 0; Southampton 1 Sunderland 1.