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Benayoun gives Arsenal 2-1 win at Aston Villa

Updated: December 21, 2011, 16:46


Arsenal's Robin Van Persie, left, celebrates with team mate Mikel Arteta after scoring a goal against Aston Villa from the penalty spot during their English Premier League soccer match at Villa Park in Birmingham, Wednesday, Dec.  21, 2011. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

BIRMINGHAM, England(AP) Yossi Benayoun scored his first Premier League goal for Arsenal on Wednesday, striking with three minutes left to earn the Gunners a 2-1 win at Aston Villa.

Villa seemed to have earned a point when Marcus Albrighton equalized Robin van Persie's 17th-minute penalty with the 20,000th goal since the Premier League began in August 1992.

But on-loan Chelsea midfielder Benayoun headed in Van Persie's corner to secure Arsenal's eighth win from 10 matches.

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