Saturday’s Premier League fixtures kicked off early at Old Trafford, where Manchester United defeated Arsenal 2-1.
Former-Gunners striker Robin van Persie was always going to have a big say in this clash and it took just three minutes for him to have an effect on this game.
Full-back Rafael’s cross was poorly dealt with by Thomas Vermaelen and the Dutchman nipped in to fire past Vito Mannone from 20 yards.
Manchester United were awarded a penalty just before half-time after midfielder Santi Cazorla handled the ball in the area.
England striker Wayne Rooney stepped up and fired wide from the penalty spot. Rooney did have a big hand in the second goal though. The mercurial England international crossed for full-back Patrice Evra to head past Mannone in the Arsenal goal in the 67th minute.
Arsenal’s day got worse in the 69th minute as midfielder Jack Wilshere was dismissed for a second bookable offence. Arsenal got a consolation goal in injury-time, midfielder Santi Cazorla curling home an excellent effort from inside the penalty area.
United went top with that victory and they knocked Chelsea off the summit. Roberto Di Matteo’s team only drew 1-1 at Swansea, despite leading the game until the 88th minute. Chelsea took the lead in the 61st minute.
Winger Victor Moses headed home from an Eden Hazard cross which was knocked on by Gary Cahill. Chelsea looked to be set to claim a victory until the 88th minute. Spanish midfielder Pablo Hernandez struck an effort from just outside the area to level the scores late-on.
Wigan secured a surprise 1-0 away win at Tottenham. The only goal of the game came in the 56th minute. Former-Crystal Palace midfielder Ben Watson volleyed home from close range to give the Latics maximum points.
Other Premier League Results:
Fulham 2-2 Everton
Norwich 1-0 Stoke
Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa
West Ham 0-0 Manchester City
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