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Van Persie rescues 1-0 win for Arsenal vs Everton

Updated: December 10, 2011, 12:10

Arsenal's  Robin Van Persie , left, celebrates after he scores a goal  during their English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates Stadium in London, Saturday Dec. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

LONDON(AP) Robin van Persie rescued Arsenal again by crashing home a stunning volley to earn a 1-0 win over Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Netherlands striker peeled off his marker to meet a floated pass by Alex Song in the 70th minute with a powerful shot that went in off the far post, taking his league-high tally to 15 goals.

The deserved victory was the perfect way for Arsenal to celebrate the club's 125-year anniversary festivities, lifting Arsene Wenger's team provisionally above Chelsea into the top four.

The winning margin could have been bigger had the hosts taken advantage of a number of clear-cut chances, particularly in the first half when Theo Walcott ran riot down the right wing.

Everton remains in mid-table.

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