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Arsenal misfire as other big guns find range

Published: Tuesday 1 January 2013, 20.40CET
Arsenal FC were surprisingly held but it was business as usual as Manchester United FC, Manchester City FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC started this year as they ended last – victorious.

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Published: Tuesday 1 January 2013, 20.40CET

Arsenal misfire as other big guns find range

Arsenal FC were surprisingly held but it was business as usual as Manchester United FC, Manchester City FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC started this year as they ended last – victorious.

It was a case of new year, same old story in the Premier League as Manchester United FC, Manchester City FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC all kicked off 2013 as they ended 2012 – by securing three points.

United and City did so with renewed vigour, easing to commanding victories that ensured no repeat of the nerve-shredding finales that have littered their festive programs. The leaders were most impressive, two goals apiece from Javier Hernández and Robin van Persie earning a 4-0 triumph at Wigan Athletic FC, a belated gift for Sir Alex Ferguson 24 hours after his 71st birthday.

Pablo Zabaleta's strike just before half-time set City on course for a 3-0 victory over Stoke City FC, while Michael Dawson's first league goal in nearly two years helped Tottenham come from behind to overpower visitors Reading FC 3-1. Spurs' north London rivals Arsenal FC could not match their neighbours when they found themselves in arrears at struggling Southampton FC; Arsène Wenger's side equalised but a winner was beyond them.

There was more disappointment for Aston Villa FC as Danny Graham's last-gasp effort earned Swansea City AFC a 2-2 draw in Wales. Paul Lambert's side did at least halt a run of three heavy losses, yet there was no such respite for the Scotsman's former club Norwich City FC as West Ham United FC consigned them to a fourth successive defeat. Fulham FC beat West Bromwich Albion FC in the early game.

Last updated: 04/12/13 7.36CET

Results

English Premier League 2012/13

Matches
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Last updated: 21/02/2013 13:16 CET

01/01/2013

SouthamptonSouthampton1-1ArsenalArsenal

Ramirez 35

Guilherme do Prado 41 (o.g.)

Venue: Southampton

01/01/2013

West HamWest Ham2-1NorwichNorwich

Noble 3 (P), O'Brien 26

Martin 90

Venue: London

01/01/2013

WiganWigan0-4Man. UnitedMan. United

Hernández 35, 63, Van Persie 43, 88

Venue: Wigan

01/01/2013

TottenhamTottenham3-1ReadingReading

Dawson 10, Adebayor 51, Dempsey 79

Pogrebnyak 4

Venue: London

01/01/2013

Man. CityMan. City3-0StokeStoke

Zabaleta 43, Džeko 56, Agüero 74 (P)

Venue: Manchester

01/01/2013

SwanseaSwansea2-2Aston VillaAston Villa

Routledge 9, Graham 90+4

Weimann 44, Benteke 84 (P)

Venue: Swansea

01/01/2013

West BromWest Brom1-2FulhamFulham

Lukaku 49

Berbatov 39, Kacaniklic 58

Venue: West Bromwich

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