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Van Persie sends Arsenal back to 4th with QPR win

Updated: December 31, 2011, 11:59

Arsenal's Robin Van Persie celebrates his goal against Queens Park Rangers during their English Premier League soccer match at Emirates Stadium, London, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

LONDON(AP) Robin van Persie lifted Arsenal back into the Premier League's top four on Saturday by clinching a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers.

Having squandered several chances to score in the first half, the Netherlands striker finally broke the deadlock on the hour at the Emirates Stadium.

He darted through the QPR defense to meet Andrei Arshavin's through ball before slotting past QPR goalkeeper Radek Cerny.

The victory dislodged Chelsea from fourth place after Arsenal's west London rival lost 3-1 at home to Aston Villa.

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