Monday 03 September 2012
Robin van Persie redeemed himself for a missed penalty by completing a hat-trick with two late goals as Manchester United came from behind to seal a dramatic victory against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium.
Van Persie, who cancelled out Rickie Lambert’s 16th-minute goal midway through the first half, passed up the chance to score from a spot-kick as his tame chipped penalty attempt was easily saved by Kelvin Davis.
But the Saints, who had taken the lead for a second time with another header 10 minutes after the interval when Morgan Scheiderlin scored his first goal for the club, were powerless to thwart the Dutchman when he pounced from close range with three minutes to go after Rio Ferdinand's shot rebounded off a post.
Then, in added time, Van Persie marked Sir Alex Ferguson's 1,000th game in charge of the Red Devils, by rising to glance in the 100th Barclays Premier League goal of his career to round off a dramatic victory.
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Hatem Ben Arfa unleashed a spectacular shot to earn Newcastle United a home draw against Aston Villa.
The Frenchman struck just before the hour-mark after Ciaran Clark had headed Villa into the lead midway through the first half.
Villa more than made a game of it with Tim Krul having to produce good saves to deny Darren Bent and Andreas Weimann, although Guzan hacked a 29th-minute Papiss Cisse shot off the line and clawed out Yohan Cabaye's injury-time free-kick in an eventful contest.
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Arsenal recorded their first Barclays Premier League victory of the season as goals in either half by two of their summer signings, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla, sealed a convincing win for Arsene Wenger's side.
The north Londoners took the lead on 31 minutes when Podolski finished off a one-two with Cazorla after racing fully 50 yards to receive his return pass to plant a left-footed drive past Pepe Reina.
The Spaniard made it 2-0 midway through the second half when he latched on to Podolski's pass to power in a low shot and leave Liverpool on one point from their three matches to date.
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