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Van Persie rescues Arsenal

Updated: October 16, 2011, 4:33 PM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

This was supposed to be a relaxed afternoon for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Arsenal was struggling, yes, but faced a team in an even worse predicament, Sunderland: Its likable boss, Steve Bruce, is under fire more than Wenger.

As it turned out, the pressure increased on Bruce and lessened -- slightly -- on Wenger, following a narrow 2-1 Arsenal win at the Emirates Stadium that sent the Gunners into the middle of the standings for some breathing room. Arsenal can be thankful ...

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