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Man City edge Arsenal to keep United at bay

Published: Sunday 18 December 2011, 19.10CET
Manchester City FC returned to the top of the Premier League following a narrow victory against Arsenal FC after Manchester United FC had won at Queens Park Rangers FC.

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Published: Sunday 18 December 2011, 19.10CET

Man City edge Arsenal to keep United at bay

Manchester City FC returned to the top of the Premier League following a narrow victory against Arsenal FC after Manchester United FC had won at Queens Park Rangers FC.

Manchester City FC restored their two-point Premier League lead after beating Arsenal FC 1-0 to maintain their perfect home record in the top flight this season.

In a pulsating encounter, Sergio Agüero and Mario Balotelli came close early on, while Joe Hart made a fine stop from Gervinho. The hosts took the lead early in the second period through David Silva, and although Robin van Persie was thwarted by Hart, and Thomas Vermaelen twice threatened late on, City might have settled the contest on 66 minutes when Pablo Zabaleta hit a post.

Manchester United FC had briefly returned to the top of the standings after a 2-0 success at Queens Park Rangers FC. Wayne Rooney gave the visitors a first-minute lead with his 12th league goal of the season, while Michael Carrick's effort sealed a 12th win of the campaign for the champions.

Tottenham Hotspur FC are five points behind United in third, with a game in hand over the top two, after overcoming Sunderland AFC 1-0 thanks to Roman Pavlyuchenko's winner (61). Liverpool FC, meanwhile, are sixth thanks to a 2-0 triumph against Sunderland AFC courtesy of Craig Bellamy (11) and Martin Škrtel (15) strikes.

Last updated: 06/12/13 4.23CET

Results

English Premier League 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 05/01/2012 15:18 CET

18/12/2011

Man. CityMan. City1-0ArsenalArsenal

Silva 53

Venue: Manchester

18/12/2011

TottenhamTottenham1-0SunderlandSunderland

Pavlyuchenko 61

Venue: London

18/12/2011

Aston VillaAston Villa0-2LiverpoolLiverpool

Bellamy 11, Škrtel 15

Venue: Birmingham

18/12/2011

QPRQPR0-2Man. UnitedMan. United

Rooney 1, Carrick 56

Venue: London

17/12/2011

WiganWigan1-1ChelseaChelsea

Jordi Gómez 88

Sturridge 59

Venue: Wigan

17/12/2011

EvertonEverton1-1NorwichNorwich

Osman 81

Holt 28

Venue: Liverpool

17/12/2011

BlackburnBlackburn1-2West BromWest Brom

Dann 72

Morrison 52, Odemwingie 89

Venue: Blackburn

17/12/2011

WolvesWolves1-2StokeStoke

Hunt 17 (penalty)

Doyle 58 (o.g.), Crouch 70

Venue: Wolverhampton

17/12/2011

NewcastleNewcastle0-0SwanseaSwansea

Venue: Newcastle

17/12/2011

FulhamFulham2-0BoltonBolton

Dempsey 32, Ruiz 34

Venue: London

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