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Monday 29 April 2013

Sunday review: Van Persie thwarts Arsenal

A review of Sunday's matches in the Barclays Premier League

  • Robin van Persie scored against his former club from the penalty spot

  • Arsenal gave Manchester United a guard of honour before their match

  • Frank Lampard's penalty against Swansea was his 201st goal for Chelsea

  • QPR's Jose Bosingwa clears off the line against Reading

Chelsea took advantage of Arsenal's draw with Manchester United by beating Swansea City to return to third place in the Barclays Premier League on a day when Reading and Queens Park Rangers condemned each other to relegation.

Soon after giving the new Barclays Premier League champions a guard of honour at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal took the lead through Theo Walcott. But former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie equalised for Man United on the stroke of half-time from the penalty spot, after he had been brought down by Bacary Sagna.

The draw put Arsenal on 64 points after 35 matches and meant that Chelsea’s three points at home to Swansea lifted them to third with a point more having played a match fewer.

Frank Lampard scored his 201st Chelsea goal in the 2-0 victory over Swansea. The midfielder, who began the game as a substitute, set up Oscar's opener before converting a 45th-minute penalty to move to within one goal of the club record held by the watching Bobby Tambling.

Chelsea moved three points clear of Tottenham Hotspur, who have also played 34 matches, and extended Swansea's winless run to six games.

Reading and QPR were both relegated from the Barclays Premier League after their 0-0 draw at the Madejski Stadium. Both sides were guilty of wasting chances as they sought a victory that would maintain their faint hopes of survival.

For individual reports, manager reaction, the best photos and statistics from these matches go to our Matchday Live pages. Click on the links below.

Reading 0-0 Queens Park Rangers  |  #RDGQPR  |  Matchday Live >>

Chelsea 2-0 Swansea City  |  #CHESWA  |  Matchday Live >>

Arsenal 1-1 Manchester United   |  #ARSMUN  |  Matchday Live >>

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Key Points

  • Chelsea return to third in the Barclays Premier League after beating Swansea 2-0
  • Chelsea leapfrog Arsenal who are held 1-1 by Manchester United
  • Reading and QPR are relegated after drawing 0-0 at Madejski Stadium