LONDON (AP) — Manchester City and Arsenal responded to midweek Champions League setbacks by scraping unconvincing 1-0 wins in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Carlos Tevez secured City's victory over Swansea, putting the champions a point behind Chelsea before the leaders host Manchester United on Sunday.
"They sat quite deep and made it difficult for us to get the ball forward," City midfielder Gareth Barry said.
It took Mikel Arteta's late scrambled goal for Arsenal to overcome winless, 10-man Queens Park Rangers and rise to fourth — seven points behind Chelsea.
While Arsenal's attack lacked cutting edge, the team was boosted by midfielder Jack Wilshere successfully returning after 17 months out of competitive action.
"It's been a long journey but I'm back now ... we didn't underestimate QPR and knew they were going to be strong, especially from midfield and the wingers," the 20-year-old Englishman said.
The match at Etihad Stadium was the longest since the Premier League's inception in 1992, with more than 12 minutes of stoppage time after serious injuries to Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm and City defender Micah Richards led to them being carried off during the second half.
Vorm will be out for up to six weeks, Swansea manager Michael Laudrup said.
The only goal came in the 61st minute, with Tevez sending the dipping shot into the bottom corner of the net beyond Vorm, who injured his groin while stretching to save.
Richards was later running down the pitch when he went down in agony holding his right knee. After receiving oxygen on the pitch he was carried off.
At Emirates Stadium, Arteta's winner came four minutes after QPR defender Stephane M'Bia was sent off in the 80th for kicking out at Thomas Vermaelen while on the ground after being fouled by the rival defender.
Continue reading this story on the...