Premier League Round Up: Arsenal Keep up Pace on United



Van Persie on target for Arsenal

Van Persie on target for Arsenal

Arsenal kept up the pressure on Manchester United with a 2-0 victory at home to Wolves.

Arsene Wenger’s side knew that they needed a victory to close United’s seven point lead at the top of the table.

A double strike from Robin Van Persie in the 16th and the 56th minute, reduced to gap at the top of the table to four points.

Birmingham City earned a hard fought three points in their game at home to Stoke City.

It looked like the game was heading for a goalless draw, until free scoring Zigic struck right at the death, to earn the all important three points for Alex Mcleish’s men.

There was no heroic repeat for Newcastle this weekend, as they played out a 0-0 draw with Blackburn at Ewood Park.

Both managers will be content with the result, and both teams did not do enough to clinch victory.

Blackpool came from a goal down to earn a credited point at home to in-form Aston Villa.

Gabby Agbonlahor put Aston Villa 1-0 after 10 mins, before Grandin drew level four minutes later.

Both teams went for the victory in the second half, but manager Ian Holloway can take positives from the result as his side have ended their run of defeats.

Wigan continued their mini revival today with a hard fought 1-1 draw at against Liverpool at Anfield.

Raul Merieles put Liverpool ahead after 24 mins, and it looked like Liverpool would push on and score more.

However, Roberto Martinez’s men came out strong in the second half, and got the equaliser after the half hour through Gohouri.

Liverool pressed for the winner, but Wigan held on to earn a valuable point in their battle against relegation.

The relegation six pointer arguably proved the game of the day, when West Ham fought back from 3-0 down, to claim a point at the Hawthorns.

West Brom were 1-0 up after just three minutes, when Dorrans put the hosts ahead.

They were 2-0 up five minutes later courtesy of a strike from Jerome Thomas, and right after the half hour they were 3-0 up, courtesy of a Reid own goal.

West Ham looked dead and buried at half time, but Avram Grants half time talk worked wonders for the Hammers.

Ba pulled one back for the visitors in the 51st minute, before Carlton Cole made it 3-2 right before the half hour.

West Ham completed a sensational comeback, when Ba got his second in the 83rd minute to make 3-3.

Avram Grant will be delighted with the point, but already new Baggies boss Roy Hodgson has a headache to deal with.

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