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PREMIER LEAGUE WRAP: Man Utd stamp authority, Norwich still on form and Chelsea's Torres nets a double

Another interesting weekend of Premier League action was wrapped up with Fulham's 2-1 home win over Newcastle United on Monday night.

The London club took a 19th-minute lead through Steve Sidwell's deflected effort before returning Toon star Hatem Ben Arfa produced a brilliant equaliser, which also took a slight deflection, ten minutes into the second half.

However, Hugo Rodallega nodded home Damien Duff's free-kick just after the hour-mark as Martin Jol's men remained 13th on the table after breaking a seven-game winless run.

Last season's runners-up Manchester United produced the result of the weekend when they managed an injury-time winner in a classic battle with reigning champions Manchester City which ended 3-2.

A Wayne Rooney double gave United an early two-goal lead before Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta leveled for City but enter Robin van Persie, who in his first Manc derby, slotted home a 92nd-minute set piece to send the victors six points clear at the top of the table.

Below the Manchester clubs sits Chelsea who beat Sunderland 3-1 thanks to a Fernando Torres double whilst Everton replaced Tottenham in fourth as Steven Pienaar scored twice in the final two minutes to beat Spurs 2-1 after Clint Dempsey's opener.

Arsenal moved from 10th to seventh with a 2-0 home win over West Bromwich Albion, who fell to sixth, thanks to two penalties from Mikel Arteta - the first one very questionable after Santi Cazorla appeared to dive.

Elsewhere, Norwich City stretched their unbeaten run to nine league matches with a thrilling 4-3 win at Swansea City, Wigan Athletic and QPR drew 2-2, Liverpool edged West Ham United 3-2 without leading scorer Luis Suarez, Southampton moved clear of the drop zone with a 1-0 home win over Reading as Stoke City held Aston Villa to a scoreless draw.

2012/13 Premier League scores

Arsenal: 2 (Mikel Arteta (p) 26'/(p) 64') West Bromwich Albion: 0 Emirates Stadium, London - 60,083

Aston Villa: 0 Stoke City: 0 (red card: Ryan Shotton 90+3') Villa Park, Birmingham - 30,110

Southampton: 1 (Jason Puncheon 61') Reading: 0 St Mary's Stadium, Southampton - 29,331

Sunderland: 1 (Adam Johnson 66') Chelsea: 3 (Fernando Torres 11'/(p) 45+2', Juan Mata 49') Stadium of Light, Sunderland - 39,273

Swansea City: 3 (Michu 51'/90+2', Jonathan de Guzman 59') Norwich City: 4 (Steven Whittaker 16', Sebastien Bassong 40', Grant Holt 44', Robert Snodgrass 77') Liberty Stadium, Swansea - 20,294

Wigan Athletic: 2 (James McCarthy 19'/74') Queens Park Rangers: 2 (Ryan Nelsen 26', Djibril Cisse 72') DW Stadium, Wigan - 17,163

Manchester City: 2 (Yaya Toure 60', Pablo Zabaleta 86') Manchester United: 3 (Wayne Rooney 16'/29', Robin van Persie 90+2') Etihad Stadium, Manchester - 47,166

Everton: 2 (Steven Pienaar 90', Nikica Jelavic 90+2') Tottenham: 1 (Clint Dempsey 76') Goodison Park, Liverpool - 36,494

West Ham United: 2 (Mark Noble (p) 36', Steven Gerrard (og) 44') Liverpool: 3 (Glen Johnson 11', Joe Cole 76', James Collins (og) 79') Upton Park, London - 35,005

Fulham: 2 (Steve Sidwell 19', Hugo Rodallega 63') Newcastle United: 1 (Hatem Ben Arfa 54') Craven Cottage, London - 25,270

Andrew Slevison
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