Wonderful Wigan stun awful Arsenal

Arsenal 1 Wigan 2

Vermaelen 21; Di Santo 7, Gomez 8

Wigan proved that last week’s win over Manchester United was no one-hit wonder as they punched two holes in Arsenal‘s fragile defence in the space of a minute and deservedly held on to record a crucial win which lifts them five points clear of the relegation zone. Defeat left Arsenal five points clear of both Spurs and Newcastle, but having now played a game more, as they missed a golden opportunity to tighten their stranglehold on the third automatic Champions League spot.

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Arteta’s bullet shoots down City’s title hopes

Arsenal 1 Manchester City 0

Arteta 87; Balotelli sent off 90

Arsenal left it late to clinch a game they had dominated throughout, but Mikel Arteta‘s late bullet strike effectively killed off Manchester City‘s title hopes, while giving his own side three crucial points to propel them back into third place. City were lacklustre and rarely threatened as they slipped eight points behind leaders Manchester United with just six games remaining. Meanwhile Arsenal reasserted their position as four teams – Spurs, Chelsea and Newcastle being the others – battle it out for the last two Champions League spots.

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Slip-ups bring Arsenal crashing to earth

QPR 2 Arsenal 1

Taarabt 22, Diakite 66; Walcott 37

Arsenal slipped up both literally and figuratively as QPR ended their seven-game winning streak with a victory which left Mark Hughes’ side a fingernail from climbing out of the relegation zone. Goals by Adel Taarabt and Samba Diakite midway through each half combined with a lacklustre Arsenal performance to underline the fact that the race for third and fourth spot – and the all-important Champions League places that go with them – remains very much alive.

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Six in a row as Verminator kills off Everton

Everton 0 Arsenal 1

Vermaelen 8

Arsenal climbed into the top three for the first time this season as Thomas Vermaelen netted the winning goal for the second consecutive game to register the team’s sixth straight Premier League win. However, they were made to battle right to the end by a dogged Everton side who matched the visitors blow for blow after being overrun for the first 25 minutes. With other results going Arsenal’s way, they are now one point ahead of Tottenham and six ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea in the battle for the Champions League qualifying spots.

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The week in numbers: w/e 18/3/12

Tendulkar finally completed his century of centuries after waiting for more than a year

100Sachin Tendulkar finally ended a run of 33 innings – over the space of 370 days – without a hundred to become the first batsman ever to hit 100 international centuries, scoring 114 in a one-day international against Bangladesh in Dhaka. However, Bangladesh won the match by five wickets.

3Wales completed their Six Nations campaign with a third Grand Slam in eight years after their 16-9 victory over France.

5 – Italy’s 13-6 victory over Scotland left them bottom of the Six Nations table having lost all five games.

16 – Big Buck’s tied Sir Ken’s record of 16 consecutive jumps victories by winning the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival for a record fourth time.

23 – World number one Victoria Azarenka recorded her 23rd consecutive victory of 2012 as she defeated Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-3 to win the Indian Wells tournament.

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