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Story HighlightsIt was Bale first game since being named English player of yearWalcott scored after 20 seconds to lift ArsenalArsenal is unbeaten in nine games
It was Bale's eighth winning goal this campaign and he is almost carrying Spurs on his own as they jostle with Arsenal and Chelsea for the two Champions League spots behind the Manchester clubs.
"It was a game decider, a great moment of individual brilliance," Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas said of Bale's 20th league goal of the season.
Gareth Bale produced yet another moment of magic to rescue a 1 0 victory for Spurs over Southampton in the Premier League, smashing home an 86th minute winner from the edge of the area in his first game since being named English football's player of the year.
"It's always nice to get an early goal and settle the nerves," Walcott said. "The way we're playing as a unit, we know we're always going to score goals. When the pressure is on us, everyone steps up."
"We're on a very strong run and want that to carry on until the end of the season," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "You can only win your own games and watch what happens elsewhere. Chelsea play Tottenham on Wednesday and they're at Manchester United tomorrow.
Arsenal threatened to blow QPR away in a one sided first half but the league's bottom club put up a better fight after the break, with the visitors needing some last ditch challenges to earn a Converse Sale Australia
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"I saw the space open up and got a good strike away," said Bale, who has emerged as one of the world's top players this season. "It is a massive three points and keeps our Champions League hopes alive."
Callum McManaman scored in the 80th minute to complete Wigan's comeback after Arouna Kone and James McArthur had netted equalizers.
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third clean sheet in their last four games.
Arsenal, which is unbeaten in nine games stretching back nearly two months, climbed provisionally into third place two points clear of Chelsea and Tottenham having played more games than both its London rivals. Chelsea Converse All Star Overseas Black Monochrome High Top Ox Leather
Man City dropped points in its bid to finish second by drawing 0 0 at Swansea, missing golden late chances through Edin Dzeko and David Silva late on. The deposed champions are now five points clear of Arsenal.
Walcott, brought up through Southampton's youth scheme like Bale, collected a pass from Mikel Arteta and found the corner of the net to beat the previous quickest goal this season a 33 second effort by Man United striker Robin van Persie against West Ham Converse Black Leather White Sole
visits Manchester United on Sunday and then hosts Tottenham on Wednesday.
Already relegated Reading earned some respite by winning 4 2 at mid table Fulham, with Hal Robson Kanu scoring twice for the visitors in Nigel Adkins' first victory as manager.
It wasn't enough to lift Tottenham above fierce rival Arsenal, though, as Theo Walcott scored the quickest goal of the campaign after just 20 seconds to earn the Gunners a 1 0 win at already relegated Queens Park Rangers.
"We have worked really hard for two months to get us in the position where, with two weeks of the season left, we are still involved in two competitions," said Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, whose team will contest the FA Cup final against Manchester City next Saturday. "If we stay up it would be like winning the title."
"Football is unpredictable but for three months we've been in a position where we cannot drop points."
At the bottom, Wigan set up its trademark late rally to avoid relegation with a 3 2 victory at West Bromwich Albion, keeping the team third from bottom but provisionally reducing the gap to Sunderland to two points.
Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur applauds the fans at the final whistle during the Barclays Premier League match against Southampton at White Hart Lane on Saturday in London.(Photo: Shaun Botterill Getty Images)
Aston Villa took a giant step to safety as Gabriel Agbonlahor's double earned a 2 1 win at Norwich, which is only three points clear of Wigan having played a game more. Newcastle is level on points with Norwich after drawing 0 0 at West Ham.
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in November. Walcott has now scored 13 goals in the Premier League and 20 in all competitions.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) Tottenham and Arsenal relied on decisive interventions by their flying wingers on Saturday to stay on course for qualification for next season's Champions League.
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