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PREMIER LEAGUE WRAP: Man City go top as Man Utd lose at Norwich whilst Arsenal salute in North London derby

Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City have returned to the top of the table courtesy of a 5-0 hammering of Aston Villa today.

The victory was made possible by second-half doubles from Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez following David Silva's opener and allowed Roberto Mancini's men to go a point clear on top of the table after Manchester United were stunned by Anthony Pilkington's header to lose 1-0 at Norwich City.

Third-placed Chelsea also came undone with West Bromwich Albion edging them 2-1 at The Hawthorns which saw the Baggies go three points clear of Everton in fourth position.

The Toffees were surprisingly beaten 2-1 by Reading at the Madejski Stadium to fall to fifth with Arsenal going within a point of them thanks to a big 5-2 home win over arch rivals Tottenham in the North London derby.

Ex-Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor turned hero to villain for Spurs as he was sent off for a reckless tackle after scoring an early opener and his absence opened the door for Arsenal to pile on the goals at the Emirates Stadium.

Elsewhere, Southampton heaped more pressure on QPR with a 3-1 victory at Loftus Road in the battle of the cellar dwellers, Luis Suarez became the first player to 10 Premier League goals with a brace in Liverpool's 3-0 home win over Wigan Athletic and Swansea City returned to the winners list with a 2-1 win at Newcastle United.

Tomorrow sees Sunderland travel to Fulham before West Ham United hosts Stoke City on Monday night to wrap up the rounds action.

2012/13 Barclays Premier League scores

Norwich City: 1 (Anthony Pilkington 60') Manchester United: 0 Carrow Road, Norwich - 26,840

Manchester City: 5 (David Silva 43', Sergio Aguero (p) 54'/67', Carlos Tevez (p) 65'/75') Aston Villa: 0 Etihad Stadium, Manchester - 47,072

Liverpool: 3 (Luis Suarez 47'/58', Jose Enrique 66') Wigan Athletic: 0 Anfield, Liverpool - 44,913

West Bromwich Albion: 2 (Shane Long 10', Peter Odemwingie 51') Chelsea: 1 (Eden Hazard 39') The Hawthorns, West Bromwich - 25,933

Reading 2: (Adam Le Fondre 51'/(p) 79') Everton: 1 (Steven Naismith 10') Madejski Stadium, Reading - 24,184

Newcastle United: 1 (Demba Ba 90') Swansea City: 2 (Michu 58', Jonathan de Guzman 87') Sports Direct Arena, Newcastle-upon-Tyne - 49,403

Queens Park Rangers: 1 (Junior Hoilett 49') Southampton: 3 (Rickie Lambert 23', Jason Puncheon 45+1', Anton Ferdinand (og) 83') Loftus Road, London - 18,174

Arsenal: 5 (Per Mertesacker 24', Lukas Podolski 42', Olivier Giroud 45+1', Santi Cazorla 60', Theo Walcott 90+1') Tottenham: 2 (Emmanuel Adebayor 10', Gareth Bale 71', red card: Adebayor 18') Emirates Stadium, London - 60,111

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