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Van Persie enjoys 'big, big win'

Published: Saturday 29 October 2011, 20.25CET
Both Manchester clubs won on Saturday but the day belonged to Robin van Persie and Arsenal FC as they overturned a half-time deficit to put five goals past Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge.

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Published: Saturday 29 October 2011, 20.25CET

Van Persie enjoys 'big, big win'

Both Manchester clubs won on Saturday but the day belonged to Robin van Persie and Arsenal FC as they overturned a half-time deficit to put five goals past Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge.

Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick as Arsenal FC won an enthralling London derby at Chelsea FC after Manchester United FC had got Saturday's Premier League action under way with a victory at Everton FC.

The Dutch striker wrapped up a 5-3 success in added time having fired the Gunners in front in the 85th minute. Van Persie's first goal, a tap-in from Gervinho's pass, came either side of headed goals by Frank Lampard (14) and John Terry (45) as Chelsea led at the break. André Santos restored parity (49) before Theo Walcott (55) and Juan Mata (80) traded superb finishes.

"You could see how happy we are at the end as we fought hard in this game," said Van Persie, the scorer of 28 goals in 27 Premier League games in 2011. "Every single one of us showed character – it's a big, big win for us." Manager Arsène Wenger added: "It was absolutley fantastic to watch, both teams went for it. I felt we dominated the second half, got tighter in midfield and showed quality and mental strength."

The win lifted Arsenal up to seventh, seven points behind a United side who had Javier Hernández (19) to thank for scoring the only goal at Goodison Park. Manchester City FC remain five points clear at the summit after a 3-1 home win against Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, but were briefly hanging on after Vincent Kompany's red card.

Fifth-placed Liverpool FC, 2-0 away to West Bromwich Albion FC in the late game, Fulham FC and Swansea City FC were the day's other winners.

Meanwhile, the draw for the League Cup quarter-finals was made today. The ties, to be played on 29/30 November, are:

Arsenal FC v Manchester City FC
Cardiff City AFC v Blackburn Rovers FC
Chelsea FC v Liverpool FC
Manchester United FC v Crystal Palace FC

Last updated: 06/12/13 7.13CET


English Premier League 2011/12

Last updated: 22/11/2011 18:44 CET


West BromWest Brom0-2LiverpoolLiverpool

Adam 9 (p), Carroll 45+1

Venue: West Bromwich



Dempsey 42, Dembélé 87

Venue: Wigan



Morison 53, Johnson 82, Holt 90+4 (p)

Hoilett 45+3, Yakubu 62, Samba 64

Venue: Norwich


SunderlandSunderland2-2Aston VillaAston Villa

Wickham 38, Sessegnon 89

St.Petrov 20, Dunne 85

Venue: Sunderland



Allen 49, Sinclair 57 (p)

Graham 73 (o.g.), 90+3

Venue: Swansea


Man. CityMan. City3-1WolvesWolves

Džeko 52, Kolarov 67, A. Johnson 90+1

Hunt 75 (p)

Venue: Manchester



Lampard 14, Terry 45, Juan Mata 80

Van Persie 36, 85, 90+2, André Santos 49, Walcott 55

Venue: London


EvertonEverton0-1Man. UnitedMan. United

Hernández 19

Venue: Liverpool

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