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Arsenal miss chance, Chelsea end barren patch

Published: Wednesday 29 December 2010, 23.52CET
Arsenal FC missed the chance to go joint-top of the Premier League after drawing at Wigan Athletic FC while Chelsea FC got back to winning ways and Liverpool FC suffered a shock loss.
Arsenal miss chance, Chelsea end barren patch
Arsenal's Sébastien Squillaci scores the own goal that drew Wigan level ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 29 December 2010, 23.52CET

Arsenal miss chance, Chelsea end barren patch

Arsenal FC missed the chance to go joint-top of the Premier League after drawing at Wigan Athletic FC while Chelsea FC got back to winning ways and Liverpool FC suffered a shock loss.

Arsenal FC missed the chance to join Manchester United FC and Manchester City FC at the Premier League summit, after Sébastien Squillaci's late own goal gave Wigan Athletic FC a 2-2 home draw against Arsène Wenger's side.

Wenger made eight changes to the team that defeated Chelsea FC 3-1 on Monday, but it was Wigan who started stronger, Ben Watson giving the hosts an 18th-minute lead from the penalty spot. However, Andrey Arshavin struck a sweet equaliser (39) and then set up Nicklas Bendtner to give Arsenal a half-time lead. Despite Charles N'Zogbia's sending off, though, the visitors could not hold on with Squillaci heading into his own net nine minutes from time.

Chelsea recovered from their loss in north London to win for the first time in seven top-flight games, and inject some much-needed impetus into their title defence with a 1-0 home victory against Bolton Wanderers FC. Carlo Ancelotti's team struggled for fluency in the first half, but Florent Malouda calmed Stamford Bridge nerves, tapping in from Didier Drogba's cross in the 61st minute. The Blues held on to move above Tottenham Hotspur FC and into fourth, two points behind the Gunners.

Meanwhile, Liverpool FC continued their poor form this season losing 1-0 at home to the side that started the evening bottom of the table, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. Stephen Ward (56) struck the game's only goal to move Mick McCarthy's outfit above West Ham United FC and leave Liverpool 12th.

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