Arsenal Beats QPR After Late Arteta Strike in Premier League
A Mikel Arteta goal in the 84th minute gave Arsenal a 1-0 win over 10-man Queens Park Rangers in English soccer’s Premier League.
Manchester City beat Swansea 1-0 and Reading tied Fulham 3- 3, keeping the Royals and QPR as the league’s only winless teams this season. Wigan defeated West Ham 2-1, Aston Villa and Norwich tied 1-1, while Stoke and Sunderland finished goalless.
Arsenal struggled with QPR at the Emirates Stadium in north London before Arteta got the game-winner four minutes after QPR’s Stephane M’bia was shown a red card for kicking out at Thomas Vermaelen.
QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar kept the game scoreless with a lunging, one-handed save after an attempted clearance in front of goal hit a defender. Arsenal continued to pressure and Arteta netted the rebound after his header hit the crossbar.
The visitors had two chances to tie in stoppage time but Esteban Granero shot wide of the far post after getting behind the defense and Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone stopped Jamie Mackie’s close-range shot. QPR is winless in 18 away league matches and sits at the bottom of the standings with three points from eight games.
England midfielder Jack Wilshere returned to the Arsenal lineup for the first time in 17 months after being sidelined with knee and ankle injuries. He played 67 minutes before being replaced by Theo Walcott.
Hal Robson-Kanu’s goal in injury time gave Reading the home draw with Fulham after Dimitar Berbatov had given the Cottagers a late lead on 88 minutes.
Mikele Leigertwood and Garath McCleary also scored for Reading, which has four draws and four defeats this season. Bryan Ruiz and Chris Baird had the Fulham goals.
Ivan Ramis and James McArthur scored as Wigan beat West Ham to end a six-match winless run and pick up its first home victory of the season. James Tomkins scored in the final minute for West Ham.
Michael Turner’s goal in the 79th minute gave Norwich the away draw against 10-man Aston Villa and former manager Paul Lambert. Christian Benteke scored in the first half for Villa, which had Joe Bennett sent off for a second yellow card in the 52nd minute.
Stoke and Sunderland both picked up their league-high sixth draws of the season following their scoreless meeting at the Britannia Stadium.
Everton hosts Liverpool, West Brom visits Newcastle and Tottenham is at Southampton in tomorrow’s other games.
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