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Arsenal 1-0 Wigan

Dec 7, 2008

Emmanuel Adebayor’s first-half strike handed a below-par Arsenal victory, ending Wigan’s five-game unbeaten run.

Wigan came close to opening the scoring when Wilson Palacios’ deflected shot was smartly saved by Manuel Almunia.

Instead, Adebayor broke the deadlock when he slotted home a low effort after collecting a pass from Cesc Fabregas.

Adebayor almost doubled the lead but Chris Kirkland tipped his shot onto the post and Denilson also saw his drive cannon back off the woodwork.

The two sides met in the Carling Cup last month, when Arsenal’s youngsters ran out 3-0 winners against a near full-strength Wigan team.
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Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal

Nov 30, 2008

Arsenal’s up and down season is in the ascendancy again after Robin van Persie struck twice in three second-half minutes to stun Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Johan Djourou turned Jose Bosingwa’s cross into his own net after 31 minutes to give Chelsea the lead as Arsenal’s title challenge looked to be in danger of suffering a potentially fatal blow.

And then, with Chelsea the dominant force, Van Persie delivered two crucial blows to earn Arsene Wenger’s side a priceless victory.
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Man City 0-1 Man Utd

Nov 30, 2008

Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off as Wayne Rooney’s 100th club goal proved enough to give Manchester United a derby win.

United were dominant early on but Manchester City came closest to scoring when Stephen Ireland grazed a post.

Rooney followed up Michael Carrick’s shot to break the deadlock before Ronaldo was sent off for a second booking after inexplicably handling.

Richard Dunne almost levelled but saw his shot cleared off the line before Joe Hart kept out a late Rooney lob.
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Tottenham 0-1 Everton

Nov 30, 2008

Steven Pienaar struck to earn Everton a narrow victory in David Moyes’s 300th game in charge and end Tottenham’s 100% home record under Harry Redknapp.

The South African latched on to Mikel Arteta’s quick free-kick and his shot cannoned in off Vedran Corluka’s shin with Heurelho Gomes stranded.

It was no more than they deserved at that point, after Gomes had denied Louis Saha and Pienaar earlier on.
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Wigan 2-1 West Brom

Nov 30, 2008

Emmerson Boyce headed Wigan’s winner five minutes from time to deny luckless West Brom.

Boyce’s first goal in three years completed Wigan’s comeback, after Henri Camara capitalised on Paul Robinson’s mistake to equalise.

West Brom took a deserved lead when Ishmael Miller took advantage of Titus Bramble’s error to slot home.

Wigan’s hero was goalkeeper Chris Kirkland, who produced four brilliant second-half saves to deny Albion.

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