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Arsenal draw as Chelsea reclaim third spot

Published: Sunday 28 April 2013, 19.24CET
Arsenal FC were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United FC and surrendered third spot to Chelsea FC, who swept aside Swansea City AFC 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

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Published: Sunday 28 April 2013, 19.24CET

Arsenal draw as Chelsea reclaim third spot

Arsenal FC were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United FC and surrendered third spot to Chelsea FC, who swept aside Swansea City AFC 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Premier League champions Manchester United FC secured a 1-1 draw at Arsenal FC after Chelsea FC downed Swansea City AFC 2-0 to move back into third. 

Arsenal raced out the blocks against United and were rewarded for their early intent when Theo Walcott combined with Tomáš Rosický and swept past David de Gea. The Gunners continued to probe, yet their concentration wavered a minute before the break as Bacary Sagna tripped Robin van Persie inside the penalty area. The former Arsenal striker made no mistake from the spot, arrowing the ball beyond Wojciech Szczęsny. 

There was little to choose between the teams in an evenly contested second half. Rosický flashed a shot narrowly wide before Wayne Rooney headed over from close range. A frantic finale then culminated in De Gea beating away Santi Cazorla's venomous 25-metre drive, while substitute Ryan Giggs had a goal-bound effort deflected past a post. 

Earlier on Sunday, Frank Lampard closed to within one goal of becoming Chelsea's all-time leading goalscorer. Oscar finished off a beautifully crafted move on the stroke of half-time before Lampard converted a penalty to end Swansea's resolve and lift Rafael Benítez's men above Arsenal, who are a point back in fourth having played one game more.

At the bottom, Reading FC and Queens Park Rangers FC were both relegated after contesting a goalless draw. 

Last updated: 04/12/13 5.32CET

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English Premier League 2012/13

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Last updated: 01/07/2013 10:07 CET

28/04/2013

ArsenalArsenal1-1Man. UnitedMan. United

Walcott 2

Van Persie 44 (P)

Venue: London

28/04/2013

ChelseaChelsea2-0SwanseaSwansea

Oscar 43, Lampard 45+2 (P)

Venue: London

28/04/2013

ReadingReading0-0QPRQPR

Venue: Reading

27/04/2013

NewcastleNewcastle0-6LiverpoolLiverpool

Agger 3, Henderson 17, 76, Sturridge 54, 60, Borini 74

Venue: Newcastle

27/04/2013

SouthamptonSouthampton0-3West BromWest Brom

Fortuné 6, Lukaku 67, Long 77

Venue: Southampton

27/04/2013

StokeStoke1-0NorwichNorwich

Adam 46

Venue: Stoke

27/04/2013

WiganWigan2-2TottenhamTottenham

Boyce 11, 89 (o.g.), McManaman 49

Bale 9

Venue: Wigan

27/04/2013

EvertonEverton1-0FulhamFulham

Pienaar 16

Venue: Liverpool

27/04/2013

Man. CityMan. City2-1West HamWest Ham

Agüero 28, Y. Touré 83

Carroll 90+4

Venue: Manchester

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