Updated: September 30, 2014 15:02 IST

EPL: Arsenal Held to 1-1 Draw at Leicester City, Liverpool Ease Past Tottenham

Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Alberto Moreno scored the goals for Liverpool at White Hart Lane to give Brendan Rodgers a 3-0 victory in his 100th game as manager and end Tottenham's 100 percent record. Arsenal's draw result left Arsene Wenger's side four points below leaders Chelsea in seventh place in the table, while Leicester moved up to 15th.

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Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez (L) has a cross blocked by Leicester City's Ghanaian striker Jeff Schlupp (R) during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Arsenal at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on August 31, 2014.

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London: Liverpool reasserted their Premier League title credentials with a breezy 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, but Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at Leicester City.

Arsenal's draw result left Arsene Wenger's side four points below leaders Chelsea in seventh place in the table, while Leicester moved up to 15th. Alexis Sanchez scored his debut Premiership goal.

Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Alberto Moreno scored the goals for Liverpool at White Hart Lane to give Brendan Rodgers victory in his 100th game as manager and end Tottenham's 100 percent record.

"Overall our quality was exceptional. We got three goals and could have had more," said Rodgers.

Mario Balotelli made his Liverpool debut after his 16 million pounds ($26.5 million, 20.1 million euros) move from AC Milan on Monday and he produced an enterprising display before being withdrawn in the 61st minute.

"I thought he was excellent," Rodgers said of the maverick striker.

"He's bought straight into our team ethic. He's trained well and has put all that background noise about him to one side. He's been brilliant."

The result saw Liverpool bounce back from a 3-1 defeat at Manchester City in their previous outing and means that they have now scored 12 unanswered goals in their last three encounters with Spurs.

After former City striker Balotelli had tested Hugo Lloris with an early header, Liverpool went ahead in the eighth minute.

Daniel Sturridge released Jordan Henderson with a ball down the right flank and the England midfielder played a low cross across the box that Sterling tucked away at the far post.

Gerrard doubled the visitors' lead from the penalty spot in the 49th minute after Eric Dier had held back Joe Allen and Moreno sealed victory on the hour with a memorable first Liverpool goal.

The Spanish left-back, a close-season arrival from Sevilla, dispossessed Spurs substitute Andros Townsend on halfway and surged into the box before drilling a shot into the bottom-right corner.

"We need to learn and improve," said Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino. "Today was a very tough game for us."

- Sanchez breaks duck -

With Olivier Giroud sidelined by a broken tibia, Yaya Sanogo started up front for Arsenal at promoted Leicester and he played a central role in the visitors' 20th-minute opener.

The French striker could not find a way past Kasper Schmeichel from Santi Cazorla's dinked pass, but Alexis Sanchez followed up to slam home his first league goal since signing from Barcelona.

Arsenal's lead was to last only two minutes, however, as Jeff Schlupp motored down the left wing before delivering an inviting cross that Leonardo Ulloa powered past Wojciech Szczesny with a firm header.

Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny hurt himself in a clash of heads with Schlupp when the score was still 0-0 and he made way for Calum Chambers shortly after Ulloa's goal.

Leicester came closest to scoring a winner, but Ulloa clipped an effort into the side-netting after cutting inside Chambers and Szczesny produced a diving save to thwart substitute Jamie Vardy.

The result left Arsene Wenger's side four points below leaders Chelsea in seventh place in the table, while Leicester moved up to 15th.

In the day's other game, Aston Villa won 2-1 at home to Hull City to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign and climb to third place in the early-season standings.

Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann put the hosts two up at half-time at Villa Park, with Nikica Jelavic replying for previously unbeaten Hull in the 74th minute.

Chelsea will go into the international break above Swansea City on goal difference at the top of the table after an engrossing 6-3 win at Everton on Saturday, in which new striker Diego Costa scored twice.

Mame Biram Diouf claimed the only goal as Stoke City pulled off a surprise 1-0 win at Manchester City, while Angel di Maria made his debut for Manchester United in a 0-0 draw at Burnley.

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90 '

LEICESTER AND ARSENAL SHARE THE POINTS

Leicester City frustrate Arsenal with an impressive display at the King Power Stadium. Alexis Sanchez gave the Gunners the lead in the first half converting a rebound after Kasper Schmeichel had denied Yaya Sanogo from close range, but the Foxes responded immediately when Leonardo Ulloa headed home a cross from Jeff Schlupp. In the second half Arsenal were more creative but they were also wasteful in front of goal with Sanogo being the main guilty culprit. Despite the Gunners improvement, the Foxes carried a dangerous threat on the break and Leonardo Ulloa and David Nugent both missed golden chances to give their side the lead. The point for Leicester City continues an impressive start to the season - the Foxes have now taken points off both Arsenal and Everton - but for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, there will certainly be the feeling that two points have been dropped."

90 '

FULL TIME

It is all over. Leicester City and Arsenal share the points at the King Power Stadium.

90 '

DRINKWATER STRIKE

It is Leicester City who are looking the most likely to steal a late winner; Daniel Drinkwater tries his luck from 25 yards out but his shot drifts wide of the post.

90 '

FOXES CORNER

Some good link up play between David Nugent and Ritchie De Laet earns the Foxes a corner but Wojciech Szczesny easily collects the resultant lofted ball into the box from Marc Albrighton.

89 '

VARDY THREAT

Jamie Vardy has been lively since he came on; he makes another probing run in behind the Arsenal defence but he is flagged for being offside.

87 '

ARSENAL LOOK FOR A WINNER

Leicester City are sat deep now as Arsenal look for a winner. Worryingly for the Gunners, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has now gone down with an injury problem.

83 '

GREAT SAVE!

Jamie Vardy starts a dangerous counter attack for Leicester City, he spreads the ball wide to David Nugent who then returns it to his strike partner but Wojciech Szczesny denies what would be a fairytale goal for Vardy with a smart save from 10 yards out.

82 '

OZIL RETURNS

Some good probing from Arsenal ends with Ritchie De Laet being forced to put the ball behind for a corner. Mesut Ozil has returned to the field for the Gunners but he is moving rather gingerly.

80 '

ARSENAL PLAY WITH TEN

Arsenal look like they might have to finish this game with 10 men as Mesut Ozil looks unable to continue after falling over on his ankle; the Gunners have already made all three of their substitutions.

78 '

VARDY SHOWS HIS PACE

Jamie Vardy races clear down the left wing but his cross is blocked by Mathieu Debuchy in the Arsenal box; there are some half-hearted appeals for handball but not from Vardy and the play continues.

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