Charlie Adam is available to Stoke City this weekend, but may have to be content with a place on the bench if Mark Hughes names an unchanged side from their 4-1 win against Aston Villa.
Alexis Sanchez capitalized on two horrible Sunderland mistakes for the only goals of a match where Arsenal will be flattered by the 2-0 scoreline.
Sunderland mistakes effectively threw away a good home point against an Arsenal team that looked completely out of sorts as the Black Cats lost 2-0 to the Gunners.
Liverpool dropped points at home to Hull City, settling for a 0-0 draw in which Mario Balotelli once again could not grab his first PL goal in a Reds shirt.
Sadio Mane scored to give Southampton a 1-0 win over Stoke City and take his team to second place in the standings.
Hull City were under a steady bombardment by the Liverpool attack but refused to concede, earning a cheeky road point at Anfield in a 0-0 final.
West Brom came out with another 2-2 draw this week, this time coming from behind against Crystal Palace.
Arsenal are expecting Aaron Ramsey to return to Premier League action when they face Sunderland in gameweek 9.
West Ham United continued their fine season to date with a spirited 2-1 defeat of Manchester City, the game-winning goal coming from red hot Diafra Sakho.
David Silva scored a world class goal for Manchester City today, but the woodwork appeared to be the 12th man for the opposition as West Ham would go on to defeat the defending champions, 2-1.
The latest word from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho regarding the availability of his prizes striker Diego Costa is that "he has a little chance" of being fit for the showdown on Sunday with Manchester United.
Arsenal's defensive woes continue with the news that Laurent Koscielny will likely be out until after the international break if not longer.