Though it wasn’t the best of performance from Arsenal; the Gunners Saturday returned to winning ways with a hard earned lone goal victory over a determined Queens Park Rangers side at the Emirates.
Spaniard Mikel Arteta was the hero for the day as his late strike ensured Arsenal secured the vital 1-0 win and the three points that has seen the London team leap frog to fourth place on the log.
Arteta struck from close range after 84 minutes soon after Rangers’ Stephane Mbia had been sent off for a needless rash tackle on the Gunners skipper, Vermaelen.
The late goal from Arteta ended some determined resistance from Queens Park Rangers as Arsenal finally returned to winning ways after shock defeats in the hands of Norwich City and Schalke 04 in the Champions League.
For Arsenal fans it was the prefect time for Arteta to get his first Premier League goal for Arsenal having previously broken the duck in Cup games.
While Coach Arsene Wenger will be pleased to welcome back from injury French man Bacary Sagna and Jack Wilshere to his line up, the injury copped up by Ivorian, Gervinho minutes after been brought in to the game will be another source of concern.
In other matches Reading and Fulham shared the spoils in a six-goal thriller at the Madejski Stadium which left the home side still looking for their first win of the season.
Dimitar Berbatov looked to have scored Fulham’s winner two minutes from time before Hal Robson-Kanu earned Reading a point to save them their blushes.
Wigan Athletic on their part made their home advantage count for something as they beat West Ham United 2-1 with Ivan Ramis and James McArthur scoring for the home side before James Tomkins scored a late consolation for the Hammers.
Aston Villa played out a dull 1-1 draw with Norwich City at Villa Park where Villa were reduced to 10 men when Joe Bennett was sent off early in the second half.
Stoke City and Sunderland also share points as they both settled for a nail biting goalless draw.
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