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Comeback kings Arsenal maintain winning run

Published: Monday 12 March 2012, 23.14CET
A last-gasp winner by Thomas Vermaelen secured a fifth successive Premier League victory for Arsenal FC, who defeated Newcastle United FC 2-1 to move to within a point of third place.
Comeback kings Arsenal maintain winning run
Thomas Vermaelen (left) enjoys the moment after scoring in added time ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 12 March 2012, 23.14CET

Comeback kings Arsenal maintain winning run

A last-gasp winner by Thomas Vermaelen secured a fifth successive Premier League victory for Arsenal FC, who defeated Newcastle United FC 2-1 to move to within a point of third place.

Arsenal FC closed to within a point of third-placed Tottenham Hotspur FC after securing their fifth successive Premier League victory at the expense of Newcastle United FC.

With the match seemingly destined for a draw, Thomas Vermaelen popped up in the penalty area in added time to rifle in the winner from five metres and earn the Gunners a comeback success for the fourth league match running. 

Arsène Wenger's charges had to come from behind after Hatem Ben Arfa had beaten Wojciech Szczęsny at his near post in the 14th minute. Within 60 seconds Robin van Persie responded with his 26th league goal of the season and the Netherlands international might have added to his tally as the Londoners laid siege to Newcastle's goal after the interval.

Tomáš Rosický and Gervinho also missed from close range before Vermaelen raced forward to boost Arsenal's prospects of finishing above their north London rivals.

Last updated: 13/03/12 9.08CET

Results

English Premier League 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 21/03/2012 10:55 CET

12/03/2012

ArsenalArsenal2-1NewcastleNewcastle

Van Persie 15, Vermaelen 90+5

Ben Arfa 14

Venue: London

11/03/2012

NorwichNorwich1-1WiganWigan

Hoolahan 10

Moses 68

Venue: Norwich

11/03/2012

Man. UnitedMan. United2-0West BromWest Brom

Rooney 35, 71 (penalty)

Venue: Manchester

11/03/2012

SwanseaSwansea1-0Man. CityMan. City

Moore 83

Venue: Swansea

10/03/2012

EvertonEverton1-0TottenhamTottenham

Jelavić 22

Venue: Liverpool

10/03/2012

SunderlandSunderland1-0LiverpoolLiverpool

Bendtner 56

Venue: Sunderland

10/03/2012

ChelseaChelsea1-0StokeStoke

Drogba 68

Venue: London

10/03/2012

WolvesWolves0-2BlackburnBlackburn

Hoilett 43, 69

Venue: Wolverhampton

10/03/2012

Aston VillaAston Villa1-0FulhamFulham

Weimann 90+3

Venue: Birmingham

10/03/2012

BoltonBolton2-1QPRQPR

Pratley 37, Klasnić 86

Cissé 48

Venue: Bolton

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