Chelsea, QPR Tie in Premier League Soccer; Arsenal Wins 6-1

Premier League leader Chelsea tied 0-0 at Queens Park Rangers, dropping its first points of the season against its west London rival. Manchester United beat Wigan 4-0, and Arsenal downed Southampton 6-1.

Chelsea, the European champion which finished sixth in last season’s standings, stays atop the 20-team league with 10 points from four matches. United rises to second with nine points and Arsenal goes third with eight points.

Manchester City, the defending champion, was held 1-1 at Stoke City, whose defender Ryan Shawcross cleared Edin Dzeko’s chipped shot off the goal-line in second-half stoppage time. City has eight points from four games.

Chelsea coach Roberto di Matteo said the goalless draw at QPR’s Loftus Road was a “feisty derby with tackles flying in,” according to the British Broadcasting Corp.

“It’s a clean sheet and a draw away from home, and we will take it,” Di Matteo told the BBC.

QPR’s Anton Ferdinand ignored the offer of a handshake from Chelsea captain John Terry before the match, the BBC reported on its website. In July, a London court found Terry not guilty of racially abusing Ferdinand -- the younger brother of Manchester United defender Rio -- in a game last year.

Manchester United got all four goals in the second half at Old Trafford. Paul Scholes, in his 700th appearance for United, scored first in the 51st minute, jabbing in after Wigan goalkeeper Ali al Habsi parried Nani’s cross. It was the midfielder’s 155th goal for the Reds.

Javier Hernandez -- who had a first-half penalty kick saved by Al Habsi -- made it 2-0 after 62 minutes when he turned in a shot by Alex Buttner.

Scholes’ 700th Match

Buttner scored three minutes later when he dodged three Wigan defenders in the penalty box and squeezed a shot in. Buttner, 23, joined from Vitesse Arnhem last month. Nick Powell also scored on his Manchester United debut, making it 4-0 with a shot from outside the box.

At Stoke’s Britannia Stadium, Peter Crouch gave the host the lead after 15 minutes, with Manchester City’s Javi Garcia leveling in the 35th minute with a headed goal on his debut. The Spanish midfielder joined from Benfica last month for as much as 23 million euros ($30.2 million).

Crouch handled the ball before scoring his goal, City coach Roberto Mancini said, according to the BBC. “It was basketball -- not football,” Mancini was quoted as saying.

Arsenal beat Southampton 6-1 at the Emirates Stadium, handing the newly-promoted team its fourth straight loss on its return to the top division.

Gunners Pounce

The Gunners were 4-0 up within 37 minutes on strikes by Lukas Podolski and Gervinho and own goals by Jos Hooiveld and Nathaniel Clyne. Danny Fox got a goal back for Southampton before Gervinho and Aaron Ramsey added two more for Arsenal in the second-half.

In other matches, Dimitar Berbatov scored twice in his first home match for Fulham as the London team beat 10-man West Bromwich Albion 3-0. West Brom had Peter Odemwingie ejected in the first half.

Aston Villa beat Swansea 2-0, handing the Welsh team its first league loss this season. Norwich and West Ham tied 0-0.

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