Van Persie double maintains Arsenal revival at Norwich

London: A Robin van Persie double earned Arsenal a fifth consecutive Premier League victory on Saturday as Arsene Wenger`s side beat Norwich City 2-1 at Carrow Road.

Arsenal dominated throughout but had to come from a goal down after Steve Morison had given the home side a 16th minute lead in the day`s early kickoff.

Dutchman Van Persie equalised with a simple tap-in after 26 minutes then struck again just before the hour mark with a deft finish to take his league tally for the season to 13 and his calendar year total to 31.

Theo Walcott nearly extended Arsenal`s lead late on but his fierce shot from an acute angle struck the outside of the post.

Victory moved Arsenal above Liverpool, who face Chelsea on Sunday, into sixth place with 22 points from 12 games.

Leaders Manchester City host third-placed Newcastle United later on Saturday while Manchester United, who are second, five points adrift, are at Swansea City in a late kickoff.

Bureau Report

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