Saturday 13 April 2013
Arsenal came from behind with three late goals to seal a crucial victory against Norwich City and move up to third place in the Barclays Premier League.
Norwich looked on course to completing a Barclays Premier League double over Arsenal after Michael Turner headed his side in front on 56 minutes. But, after twice hitting the woodwork through Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski, Arsene Wenger’s team were awarded a penalty with six minutes remaining, which was converted by Mikel Arteta.
Two minutes later Arsenal took the lead when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain broke down the left and his centre was deflected over the line by Giroud. In added time, Podolski made sure of the points with a firm strike from a Theo Walcott cut-back. The Londoners move a point clear of Chelsea, who have a game in hand, and Tottenham Hotspur, who do not.
Everton are three points behind fifth-placed Spurs and Chelsea, in fourth, after completing a 2-0 victory against relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers. Darron Gibson gave David Moyes’s side the lead five minutes before half-time with a deflected strike before Victor Anichebe doubled the hosts’ lead on 56 minutes.
Elsewhere both Southampton and Aston Villa were held at home to 1-1 draws by West Ham United and Fulham respectively. Andy Carroll’s deflected free-kick midway through the second half cancelled out Gaston Ramirez’s opening goal for Southampton, while a 66th-minute Fabian Delph own goal prevented Villa from securing three points against Martin Jol’s side, who fell behind to Charles N’Zogbia’s opening goal 10 minutes after the restart.
Reading moved level on points with QPR and are seven points from safety after sharing a goalless draw with Liverpool at the Madejski Stadium.
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