Beaten by Norwich City and Schalke in their last two outings, Arsene Wenger’s side looked destined for a third disappointing result in a row until Arteta finally found a way past QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
Wigan end home drought
Elsewhere, Wigan recorded their first home win of the season on Saturday with a clinical 2-1 win over West Ham. Goals by Ivan Ramis and James McArthur were enough to secure much-needed points this season.
Aston Villa held
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert settled for a 1-1 draw in his grudge match with former club Norwich after Michael Turner’s late goal.
Reading 3 Fulham 3
Fulham climbed to sixth place in EPL table despite conceding a last-minute equaliser in a pulsating 3-3 draw at Reading.