MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Premier League, Week 5: Manchester United Win, Arsenal Draw City

Laurent Koscielny grabbed a late equalizer for Arsenal, while Robin van Persie sunk Liverpool.

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Tottenham Vs. QPR: Final Score 2-1, Spurs Make Second Half Comeback

Jermaine Defore continued his hot start to the Premier League season as Tottenham fought back in the second half to defeat QPR 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Defoe's goal, along with an unfortunate own gaol by Alejandro Faurlín was enough for Spurs to overcome a 1-0 first half deficit.

Spurs were nothing short of atrocious in the first 45 minutes, so poor that their home fans heartily booed them off the pitch at the halftime whistle. QPR were the be better attacking side and had several good chances before taking he lead in the 32nd minute.Before later becoming the goal, Faurlin made a great play to get through the Spurs defense and found Bobby Zamora who put the ball over an advancing Brad Friedel's right shoulder. It could have been much worse for Spurs if not Friedel making a couple excellent saves to keep them in the game. QPR manager Mark Hughes was furious with referee Phil Dowd after the referee waved away a challenge by William Gallas on Zamora in the box.

After some adjustments at halftime, Spurs were a much improved side in the second half. They equalized in the 59th minute when Faurlin somehow managed to chest a Steven Caulker header in to his own goal. It was a stunning moment of fail, followed two minutes later by a nice finish by Defore to give Spurs the lead they would not relinquish.

There's clearly still plenty of work for Andre Villas-Boas to do with his team, but Spurs have now won two matches in a row and finally got their first win at home. As for QPR, who site in 19th place with two points, pressure is building on Mark Hughes as his expensive side continues to struggle to get results.


Newcastle Vs. Norwich City: Final Score 1-0, Demba Ba Fires the Magpies Past Canaries

It wasn't an all-encompassing performance from Newcastle United at home on Sunday, but they did enough to get the three points and sometimes, that's good enough.

Norwich started better that Newcastle, nearly taking an early lead thanks to Wes Hoolahan. The Norwich midfielder headed a shot straight at defender Steven Taylor after a quick bit of one-two play between Javier Garrido and Andrew Surman. Newcastle punished the wasted chance in the 19th minute when Hatem Ben Arfa sliced open the Norwich defense with a pinpoint pass to Demba Ba who finished the chance.

The Magpies squandered a chance to take a 2-0 lead right before halftime after Papiss Demba Cisse missed a penalty. In first half stoppage time, Norwich's Steve Morison barged into Michael Williamson in box, forcing match referee Neil Swarbrick's hand. After Cisse skied his attempt over the bar, Newcastle coach John Carver (Alan Pardew is still serving a touchline ban) was none to pleased with Ben Arfa apparently for allowing Cisse to take the penalty.

Norwich fought hard and had several chances to equalize but they were simply unable to unlock the Newcastle defense and goalkeeper Steven Harper.


Manchester City Vs. Arsenal: Final Score, Laurent Koscielny Grabs 1-1 Draw For Gunners

Arsenal's solid undefeated run to open the season will continue on for at least one more week. They went down in the first half against Manchester City, but performed well in the second half and grabbed a deserved equalizer at the Ethiad Stadium. Laurent Koscielny scored the Gunners' goal on a corner kick, securing a 1-1 draw.

In the first half, Arsenal had more of the possession and a few clear chances, but failed to make the most of them. In the 13th minute, Keiran Gibbs played ball towards the back post and Lukas Podolski that looked like it caught him between two minds, as it never got too close to either. Gervinho ruined Arsenal's best chance a few minutes later, taking an awful first touch on a great through ball by Aaron Ramsey. It was the first of many squandered chances by Gervinho, who had a poor afternoon.

The first 20 minutes belonged to Arsenal, but Manchester City began to assert themselves and take a bit more control of the game over the next 25. A nice five-minute spell of sustained pressure paid off for City in the 40th minute, when they won a corner kick that led to their only goal. Joleon Lescott scored it with a header after finding a hole between defenders, and Vito Mannone was late to react.

City replaced Scott Sinclair with Jack Rodwell at the half and it was unclear if the switch was fitness-related, tactical, or both. They looked like the better side to start the half, but also looked very content to sit on their lead, which Arsenal eventually took advantage of. The final 20 minutes was all Gunners, and City were lucky to not concede more than once. Arsenal brought Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott off the bench, and the Gunners looked more lively after they came on.

In the 81st minute, Santi Cazorla forced an absolutely brilliant save from Joe Hart with a stinging shot from outside of the penalty area. Unfortunately for City, they couldn't deal with the ensuing corner. After the Gunners' initial effort was blocked, Koscielny jumped on the rebound and scored from close range to equalize.

The final minutes were hectic, with both teams generating chances to win the game. Sergio Aguero missed a good chance in the 85th minute following a save by Mannone on Vincent Kompany. In stoppage time, Gervinho had a brilliant chance to score a famous winner for Arsenal, but sent his shot a mile over the crossbar.


Liverpool Vs. Manchester United: Final Score 2-1 As United Scrape Past Ten-Man Pool

Manchester United emerged victorious from Anfield, thanks to some self-sabotage from Liverpool and some controversial refereeing decisions.


Manchester City Vs. Arsenal, 2012 Premier League: Preview And Schedule

Arsenal face their toughest test of the year, at Eastlands against Manchester City.


WBA Vs. Reading: Final Score 1-0, Lukaku Fires Baggies To 3rd

Romelu Lukaku has probably earned himself an extended run in the West Bromwich Albion team. He won his side all three points with a second-half goal, and despite looking occasionally a little off the pace his sheer power frightened Reading all match as the Baggies dominated.

It took them far too long, however, to turn their possession into a bona fide lead. WBA were overly elaborate in possession, refusing to play to their strengths, and it took adding another striker for the breakthrough to finally arrive. Shane Long's knockdown teed up Lukaku near the edge of the box, and his low effort wrong-footed Alex McCarthy to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

It was always pretty clear that one goal would be enough, with Reading utterly toothless at the other end of the pitch. And so it proved as the Baggies ended up coasting to victory -- the three points coming with a climb to third place in the Premier League table. It's a nice bounce-back after their comprehensive away defeat at Fulham last weekend, but for Reading, it's yet another disappointing defeat. The Royals have just one point all season.


Wigan Athletic Vs. Fulham: Final Score, Cottagers Snatch 2-1 Win

Wigan had plenty of flashes of brilliance on Saturday and defended well for much of the match, but Fulham's attackers had too much quality for them on the day. The Cottagers are heading home with three points after a 2-1 victory, thanks to a couple of quality goals.

Hugo Rodellega scored the opener in the 31st minute, heading in a great chipped cross from Dimitar Berbatov. The pair terrorized the Wigan defense for the first half hour of the match, and it felt like only a matter of time before they would score in the minutes leading up to the goal. Just a couple of minutes later, Jordi Gomez nearly equalized for Wigan, but his shot bounced off the crossbar.

Fulham brought on Bryan Ruiz for Alex Kacaniklic in the 59th minute, which proved to be a decisive move. Ruiz set up Damien Duff in the 68th minute with a great pass into space, and the Cottagers' left winger hit a perfect finish.

Wigan fired themselves back into the match late through Arouna Kone, whose hard work and solid play throughout the match was rewarded with a goal on a corner kick. While the home side pushed forward for an equalizer, they never came close, and Fulham held on for the victory.


Chelsea Vs. Stoke City: Final Score 1-0 As Blues Keep Unbeaten Record

Chelsea are still unbeaten in the Premier League and they're at least temporarily top of the table. They were made to work hard for a victory by Stoke, but Ashley Cole came up with a late goal to grab a 1-0 win for the Blues.

Much like the vast majority of their road games -- and even home games against teams of Chelsea's stature -- Stoke defended deep and let their opponent keep possession of the ball for most of the game. Steven Nzonzi and Charlie Adam are a bit more technically adept than what Tony Pulis usually has to work with in midfield, but they also fit in well with the Stoke ethos of kicking the ball very far and fouling people.

Fernando Torres missed multiple good opportunities throughout the match, much to no one's surprise. Juan Mata also looked poor for much of the match, but came up huge at the very end. In the 85th minute, the ball fell to Mata in the box and he played an impressive flick into the path of Cole, who had continued his run from left back. He showed great composure on the close-range finish to put Chelsea ahead.

Stoke pushed for an equalizer, but never tested Petr Cech at the end. A loss at Stamford Bridge is nothing to be ashamed of, but Tony Pulis will be disappointed that his team couldn't hang on for another five minutes after defending so well for the first 85 minutes of the match.


Southampton Vs. Aston Villa: Final Score 4-1, Saints Pick Up 1st Win

Southampton have their first Premier League points in years thanks to a stirring comeback against Aston Villa at St. Mary's. Despite trailing 1-0 at the break, the hosts managed to score four in a phenomenal second half, with goals from Ricky Lambert, Nathaniel Clyne and Jason Puncheon completing the turnaround.

The first half was fairly evenly matched, but the visitors went ahead after Stephen Ireland volleyed an effort back into the mixer and allowing Darren Bent to steal across and notch his first goal of the season, but a Saints comeback always looked possible, and Ricky Lambert made things happen when he turned past three defenders on the edge of the box and fired in off Brad Guzan, who might have done better.

Clyne hauled Southampton into the lead five minutes later, turning in from near the penalty spot following a mess in the Villa box, and Puncheon made the points safe when he drifted into the area and was for some reason allowed to drive towards Guzan's near post and shoot. Further gloss was added when Emmanuel Mayuka earned a penalty one on one against the goalkeeper, and Lambert stepped up to complete his brace.

After an impressive home win against Swansea City, dropping all three points to Southampton, even away, was hardly what the doctor ordered for Paul Lambert's crew. As for Southampton -- they didn't deserve to be pointless after some of their performances this year, and now they're not. It's a huge result for the Saints.


Swansea Vs. Everton: Final Score 3-0 As Swans Get Stuck In Toffee

Swansea suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Everton in a game in which everything seemed to go wrong for the home side.


Chelsea Vs. Stoke City: Lineups

John Terry and Frank Lampard start on the bench for Chelsea as they face Stoke City.

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