English Premier League Soccer: 5 Things Learned from Saturday's Action

Saturday 15 September saw the English Premier League back to business in its usual enthralling fashion after a long international break.

There were eight games to feast your eyes upon, and here's five things we learnt from the matchups on offer.

5. Goal drought? what goal drought?

Apparently, people were worried about Arsenal's goalscoring abilities. On this evidence, the Gunners will have no problems at all this season.

Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Gervinho got themselves on the scoresheet today after a dominant 6-1 win over Southampton.

Defensive solidarity, offensive prowess. Looks promising!

4. Berba's in great shape

No one except Dimitar Berbatov himself would have known what shape he was in when moving to Fulham, so it was a certifiable gamble for Martin Jol to take him on.

He's proved he's all still there though, as a brace on his full debut against West Brom helped ease the departure of Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey.

3. Lambert's cooking up something special

Aston Villa look a different entity completely this season. Paul Lambert has his men playing positive football and the feel-good factor is back at Villa Park.

Christian Benteke, despite playing just 18 minutes for the claret and blue side, is already a cult hero and youth is getting it's chance once more in Ciaran Clark, Barry Bannan, Andreas Weimann and Eric Lichaj.

2. Saints need a boost

Played four, lost four. Goal difference -9. It's tough to be a Southampton fan right now, but they've had a really tough opening round of fixtures.

I'd still be confident of survival, but they need some points soon. Aston Villa loom next and after their morale-boosting win, it's not such an attractive fixture any longer.

1. Earth to Patrice Evra

Manchester United left-back Evra has been underperforming for around two years now.

Sir Alex Ferguson used the summer transfer market to bolster this position with the recruitment of Alexand Buttner, and the Dutchman's debut was one to behold.

A wonderful goal in combination with an all-action performance at Old Trafford has immediately won him the fan's favour, making things more and more difficult for the Frenchman.

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