PREMIER LEAGUE WRAP: Man City bridge gap on Man Utd, Chelsea edge Arsenal and Liverpool hit five

Manchester City are now five points behind league leaders Manchester United following a winning weekend in the Premier League.

Manchester City are now five points behind league leaders Manchester United following a winning weekend in the Premier League.

The reigning champions defeated Fulham 2-0 at home on Saturday thanks to a David Silva double to go within four points of United before their crosstown rivals were held to a 1-1 draw by Tottenham at White Hart Lane today.

Robin van Persie scored his 18th goal of the season before Clint Dempsey recorded a point for Spurs with an injury-time equaliser.

Also in London today, Chelsea managed to hang on to a two-goal half-time lead to edge Arsenal 2-1 at Stamford Bridge. Juan Mata and Frank Lampard, via the penalty spot, had the Blues ahead after 16 minutes before Theo Walcott pulled one back for the Gunners prior to the hour-mark.

The victory allowed Rafael Benitez’s men to remain third on the table, sitting six points behind City and 11 in arrears of United with Spurs four further back in fourth position.

Liverpool joined sixth-placed Arsenal on 34 points courtesy of a 5-0 home drubbing of Norwich City. Jordan Henderson, Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard and an own-goal from Ryan Bennett allowed the Reds to make it three league wins at Anfield on the trot, scoring 12 goals and conceding none in the process.

Elsewhere, an Adam Le Fondre double allowed 18th-placed Reading to come from behind to defeat Newcastle United 2-1, who dropped to 16th, Jonathan de Guzman scored twice as Swansea City beat Stoke City 3-1 at home, Loic Remy netted on debut as QPR and West Ham United drew 1-1 with Joe Cole on the scoresheet, Steven Fletcher scored a brace as Sunderland produced a 3-2 comeback victory over Wigan Athletic and West Bromwich Albion scored twice in the second half to force a 2-2 draw in the West Midlands derby with Aston Villa.

To wrap up the weekends fixtures, Southampton host Everton at St Mary’s Stadium on Monday night.

2012/13 Barclays Premier League season scores

Liverpool: 5 (Jordan Henderson 26’, Luis Suarez 36’, Daniel Sturridge 59’, Steven Gerrard 66’, Ryan Bennett (og) 75’)
Norwich City: 0
Anfield, Liverpool – 44,901

Manchester City: 2 (David Silva 2’/69’)
Fulham: 0
Etihad Stadium, Manchester – 47,286

Newcastle United: 1 (Yohan Cabaye 35’)
Reading: 2 (Adam Le Fondre 71’/77’)
Sports Direct Arena, Newcastle-upon-Tyne – 49,411

Swansea City: 3 (Ben Davies 49’, Jonathan de Guzman 57’/80’)
Stoke City: 1 (Michael Owen 90+1’)
Liberty Stadium, Swansea – 19,603

West Ham United: 1 (Joe Cole 68’)
Queens Park Rangers: 1 (Loic Remy 14’)
Upton Park, London – 34,962

Wigan Athletic: 2 (David Vaughan (og) 5’, Angelo Henriquez 79’)
Sunderland: 3 (Craig Gardner (p) 17’, Steven Fletcher 20’/42’)
DW Stadium, Wigan – 19,219

West Bromwich Albion: 2 (Chris Brunt 49’, Peter Odemwingie 84’)
Aston Villa: 2 (Christian Benteke 12’, Gabriel Agbonlahor 31’)
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich – 25,583

Chelsea: 2 (Juan Mata 6’, Frank Lampard (p) 16’)
Arsenal: 1 (Theo Walcott 58’)
Stamford Bridge, London – 41,784

Tottenham: 1 (Clint Dempsey 90+3’)
Manchester United: 1 (Robin van Persie 25’)
White Hart Lane, London – 35,956

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