FA Cup Premier League — 17 January 2013

Wayne Rooney enjoyed a mixed night at Old Trafford on WednesdayArsenal and Manchester United both claimed 1-0 victories to move into the fourth round of the FA Cup last night, after third round replays.

Arsenal defeated Swansea at the Emirates Stadium. Arsene Wenger’s men had 26 shots on goal, but the winner didn’t arrive until the 86th minute.

The Gunners star player on the night Jack Wilshere firing home a powerful effort from just inside the penalty area. It was just reward for the midfielders guile and industry in the centre of the park.

Manchester United progressed with a 1-0 victory over West Ham at Old Trafford. The home side took the lead in the 9th minute, Javier Hernandez escaping the Irons defence before squaring for Wayne Rooney to tap-in from close-range.

United made hard work of the victory though. It wasn’t an all-round good night for Rooney either, as the England international blazed a penalty kick over the bar late-on.


In their rearranged Premier League fixture Southampton came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Demba Ba gave the Blues the lead with a volley on 25 minutes, after Oscar and Jos Hooiveld had challenged for Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross.

Chelsea doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time. Ramires’ effort came back off the post and Eden Hazard fired home the rebound from the edge of the penalty area.

The Saints were back in the game on 58 minutes. Full-back Nathaniel Clyne produced a superb cross which was headed home by substitute Rickie Lambert, who had only been on the pitch three minutes. The visitors equalised in the 75th minute.

Young full-back Luke Shaw raced half the length of the pitch and found Jason Puncheon who controlled the ball before volleying past Petr Cech in the Chelsea goal. Chelsea had some late chances as they looked for a breakthrough, but couldn’t find a route to goal.

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