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10-man Arsenal draw; Spurs late show seals win

Cesc Fabregas scores Arsenal's bizarre opening goal against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Cesc Fabregas scores Arsenal's bizarre opening goal against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Arsenal held to a draw at Sunderland as Darren Bent strikes late equalizer
  • Everton lose 0-1 at home to Newcastle United; West Brom beat Birmingham 3-1
  • West Ham, Bolton and Fulham all secure draws away from home
  • Three goals in the last 15 minutes gives Spurs victory over Wolves at White Hart Lane
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(CNN) -- Arsenal missed the chance to go top of the English Premier League Saturday, when they were held to a 1-1 draw against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

A scrambled goal by Sunderland striker Darren Bent in the fifth minute of injury-time capped an extraordinary match.

Arsenal took the lead in bizarre circumstances in the 13th minute, when Cesc Fabregas's block on Anton Ferdinand's clearance freakishly flew almost a full 40 yards into the Sunderland goal.

The Gunners were reduced to 10-men when Alex Song was sent off in the second half after receiving his second yellow card, but could have settled the tie when they were awarded a penalty 15 minutes from time. But Tomas Rosicky blazed the spot kick over the bar.

Three late goals secured victory for Tottenham Hotspur, as Harry Redknapp's team overcame Wolves 3-1 at White Hart Lane in the English Premier League.

Mick McCarthy's men took the lead against the run of play moments before half time when Steven Fletcher tapped in a Kevin Foley cross.

Spurs continued to dominate possession in the second half but had to wait until the 77th minute to level things up when they was awarded a penalty for a Stephen Ward foul on Alan Hutton. New signing Rafael van der Vaart stepped up to convert the spot kick.

Roman Pavlyuchenko gave Spurs the lead ten minutes later and rightback Hutton made certain of the three points in injury time. The win lifts Spurs to fourth in the table.

In the day's early kick-off, struggling Stoke took on winless West Ham at the Britannia Stadium.

Scott Parker opened the scoring from close range for the visitors after half-an-hour, but their lead was short-lived as Kenwyne Jones bundled the ball home three minutes after the break.

West Ham -- whose manager Avram Grant was absent as he observed the Jewish holy day, Yom Kippur -- were lucky to claim their first point of the season.

Former England goalkeeper Robert Green denied Jones a second goal when he tipped the ball onto he post, and Robert Huth and Ricardo Fuller also rattled the woodwork for Stoke.

The 1-1 draw leaves both teams in the bottom three, separated by Everton, who lost 0-1 at Goodison Park to Newcastle Utd.

The game's only goal came courtesy of a stunning 25-yard effort from winger Hatem Ben Arfa in first half injury time. Newcastle are now fifth in the table.

West Brom sealed victory over Midlands' rivals Birmingham with three goals in the second half, after The Blues had taken a first lead when Cameron Jerome volleyed home Scott Dann's header.

Dann then handed West Brom an equalizer in the second half as he deflected a Jerome Thomas effort into his own net.

Peter Odemwingie rounded Ben Foster to add a second eight minutes later, before Jonas Olsson made it three in the 69th minute.

Gerard Houllier -- who takes over from caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald on Monday -- saw Aston Villa draw 1-1 with Bolton Wanderers at Villa Park.

Ashley Young gave the home side the lead after 15 minutes when he converted a 25-yard free kick. But Kevin Davis leveled the scores with a left-footed drive into the roof of the net 20 minutes later.

Fulham continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-1 draw against Blackburn Rovers.

Sam Allardyce's team took a controversial lead through a Chris Samba header, but only after Fulham's keeper Mark Schwarzer looked to have been fouled in the build up by El-Hadji Diouf.

Clint Dempsey equalized ten minutes into the second half when he headed home a cross from Mexican debutant, Carlos Salcido.