Robin van Persie’s goal in stoppage time gave Arsenal a 2-1 win over Liverpool in English soccer’s Premier League, while Manchester City extended its lead at the top of the standings.
Van Persie scored both Arsenal goals to hand Liverpool its first loss in 13 league home games this season. The win moves the Gunners three points above Chelsea, which lost today, in the race for fourth place and the final Champions League spot.
“I don’t think we really deserved it, to be honest, because Liverpool played better,” van Persie, who leads the league with 25 goals, told Sky Sports. “It’s a big win; a massive win.”
Manchester City beat Bolton 2-0, West Brom defeated Chelsea 1-0, Stoke beat Norwich 1-0, Swansea won 2-0 at Wigan, Blackburn and Aston Villa tied 1-1 and QPR drew 1-1 with Everton.
Liverpool missed a penalty and hit the post twice to extend its winless run in home league games with Arsenal to five.
“We were beaten because we didn’t score enough goals,” Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish said. “Van Persie’s a fantastic footballer, no doubt about that. But we did enough to win that game.”
After Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny saved Dirk Kuyt’s penalty in the 19th minute, Liverpool took the lead when Laurent Koscielny turned Jordan Henderson’s cross in for an own goal.
Suarez hit the post moments later and Van Persie headed in Bacary Sagna’s cross in the 31st minute. Kuyt then hit the post in first-half stoppage time.
There was a lengthy delay early in the second half as Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta was stretchered off the field following a collision with Henderson. Arsenal won the game in the second of the eight added minutes as van Persie volleyed Alex Song’s cross past Reina at the near post.
Manchester City continued its home form, moving five points ahead of Manchester United, which visits Tottenham tomorrow.
Gretar Steinsson’s own goal and a score from Mario Balotelli gave City the victory over Bolton, which remains next- to-last in the 20-team league. City has won all 14 league games at Etihad Stadium this season by a combined 42-6 score.
Gareth McAuley scored with eight minutes left to lift West Brom past Chelsea. It was the Blues’ first loss in 12 Premier League matches with the Baggies and will keep the pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas with the team in fifth place.
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored both goals as Swansea extended bottom-of-the-table Wigan’s home winless streak to 12 home league games. Swansea’s Nathan Dyer was red-carded in the 61st minute for a challenge on Jordi Gomez.
Matthew Etherington scored as Stoke beat Norwich, while Bobby Zamora’s goal earned QPR the home draw with Everton. Blackburn used an 85th- minute score from David Dunn to tie Aston Villa, but remains in the three relegation places at the bottom of the standings.
Fulham visits Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sunderland hosts Newcastle in tomorrow’s other matches.
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