Santi Cazorla fired 10-man Arsenal to a 1-0 victory at Sunderland as Arsene Wenger saw his side survive a late onslaught Saturday.
The Spaniard struck 10 minutes before the break to give the Gunners a deserved lead as Black Cats keeper Simon Mignolet turned in another fine display to otherwise keep them at bay.
However, the 62nd-minute dismissal of defender Carl Jenkinson, who was only included after Laurent Koscielny injured himself during the warm-up, for a second bookable offense left the Londoners hanging on in front of a crowd of 46,402.
Wenger expects Jack Wilshere to be available for next week's FA Cup fifth round tie with Blackburn after the midfielder had to be substituted Saturday.
Asked if he was happy with some of the tackling on Wilshere, Wenger said: "No, I wasn't, especially on Jack. I was a bit frustrated because I thought many times, Jack didn't get the free kick he deserved. The referee let two or three things go that I thought were fouls on Jack.
"I want just the referee to give a foul when it's a foul. I don't want any special protection. The referee is not a bodyguard, he is just a referee and you want him just to give a foul when it's a foul."
Steven Fletcher had earlier passed up a glorious opportunity to level, but even after Jenkinson's departure, Arsenal had chances and Theo Walcott was unfortunate to see a 75th-minute effort come back off the post.
However, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny spared Per Mertesacker's blushes three minutes later when he blocked Fletcher's shot after he had charged down the defender's attempted clearance and the visitors managed to see the game out amid a frenzied conclusion.
Michu grabbed two goals as Swansea inflicted a heavy 4-1 defeat on relegation-threatened QPR at the Liberty Stadium.
The Swans had triumphed 5-0 at Loftus Road on the opening day of the season and early strikes from Michu and Rangel set them on their way at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
QPR was then denied a clear penalty as referee Neil Swarbrick failed to spot a blatant handball by Ashley Williams, and Michu rubbed salt into the wounds when he added his 18th of the season.
The only downside for the Swans was the loss of Chico Flores to an ankle injury just past the half-hour mark.
The Potters, who had not registered a Premier League victory since Boxing Day, were in control for virtually the entire contest and finally broke down their opponents' stubborn resistance in the 67th minute when Huth nodded home a Glenn Whelan corner.
Substitute Jerome then cracked the ball in with nine minutes of normal time remaining, having taken the ball down neatly and turned his marker.
Adrian Mariappa pulled one back with a header two minutes later, but the Royals -- who have scored a host of important late goals in recent weeks in an unbeaten sequence of four league games -- could not complete a last-gasp comeback on this occasion.
They remain 17th in the table, two points clear of the relegation zone, while Stoke stays 10th.
Norwich and Fulham labored to a goalless draw with little creative spark at Carrow Road.
Even the return for Dimitar Berbatov from a hamstring injury could not inspire Fulham, with a 25-yard effort from Steve Sidwell at the start of the second half about the best of the visitors' few chances.
Information from Press Association was used in this report.