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Friday, Dec. 31, 2010

Arsenal held to draw by Wigan

LONDON (AP) Arsenal tied 2-2 at Wigan despite finishing with a man advantage and missed the chance to draw even with Manchester United and Manchester City atop the Premier League on Wednesday night, while Chelsea ended a run of six league matches without a win with a 1-0 victory over Bolton.

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Sublime strike: Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin (right) scores against Wigan in Premier League action at DW Stadium on Wednesday night. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. AP PHOTO

French defender Sebastien Squillaci scored an own goal in the 81st minute to deny Arsenal all three points at DW Stadium.

Ben Watson had put Wigan ahead before the Gunners rallied on goals by Andrey Arshavin and Nicklas Bendtner. Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia was ejected in the 78th minute for pushing his head into substitute Jack Wilshere's face after an exchange of words.

In London, Florent Malouda scored Chelsea's goal off a cross from Didier Drogba on a 61st-minute attack.

There was no call when American midfielder Stuart Holden's shot struck the arm of John Terry in the first half. Holden's header was tipped over the crossbar by Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech in the 77th minute.

Manchester United (10-0-8) has 38 points and leads on goal difference over Manchester City (11-4-5), which has played two more games.

Arsenal (11-6-3) is third with 36 points, and Chelsea (10-5-4) moved into fourth with 34 points, one ahead of Tottenham (9-4-6).

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