After a breathless opener to the 2013/14 Premier League campaign, IB Times UK takes a look back at the weekend's biggest talking points as football once again takes centre stage.
A sullen Wayne Rooney came off the bench to provide two assists for his strike partners Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck as Manchester United went to town against Swansea City, but does his cameo give us an idea of where the striker will be come September 2? We examine the England striker's impact at the Liberty Stadium and try to guess where one of the summer's longest running sagas will go from here.
Meanwhile, Arsenal's summer of discontent continued as they succumbed to a miserable 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday which prompted more gloom around the Emirates. We examine what went wrong and what lies on the horizon for the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger responded to his side's defeat by lodging a bid for Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye, timing which has since earned the wrath of Alan Pardew whose side were demolished 4-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night.
The Magpies can ill-afford to flirt so perilously with relegation after last season's wretched campaign, but with only one incoming piece of transfer business competed and the unpredictable presence of Joe Kinnear and Mike Ashley casting a shadow over St James' Park, we consider what the future holds for Pardew.
We also take a look across Europe as Barcelona kicked off their defence of the La Liga crown in typically spellbinding fashion with a 7-0 win over Levante, while Real Madrid were made to work for their win as Carlo Ancelotti got to work at the Bernabeu.
Also in our continental round up we reflect on a debut to remember for Carlos Tevez as the Argentine introduced himself to the Bianconeri in Juventus' Italian Super Cup meeting with Lazio.
Champions League and Europa League qualifiers continue this week as we preview early tests for Tottenham and Swansea's improved squads, while Arsenal face a potentially daunting visit to Fenerbahce. Could their inauspicious start to the new season get any worse?
With plenty to talk about Nick Howson, Vanessa Keller and Tony Mogan discuss the weekend's big moments as the Premier League got firmly back into action.
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