Sunday 10 November 2013
Manchester United reasserted their credentials as title contenders with a victory over early-season pacesetters Arsenal, as Robin van Persie once again proved the scourge of the Gunners by producing the winner against his former club.
The Netherlands forward rose highest to send Wayne Rooney's 27th-minute corner past Wojciech Szczesny with a powerful header that helped move United up to fifth in the Barclays Premier league table, five points behind Arsene Wenger's side.
Arsenal's North London neighbours Tottenham Hotspur also lost 1-0 as they were foiled by an outstanding display by Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul. The Dutchman's heroics – he made 14 saves – combined with Loic Remy's seventh goal in as many Barclays Premier League appearances earned the Magpies a memorable win at White Hart Lane.
Manchester City fell to a fourth consecutive 1-0 defeat at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland secured their second Barclays Premier League win of the season thanks to Phil Bardsley's 21st-minute strike. The defender perfectly placed a shot past Costel Pantilimon in the City goal to maintain their run against the Citizens.
There were six goals in a dramatic contest at the Liberty Stadium, where Swansea City recovered from a two-goal, half-time deficit to go 3-2 up against Stoke City, only for Charlie Adam to level the match in the dying moments from the penalty spot.
The Potters appeared destined for a comfortable win when Jon Walters, on his 100th consecutive Barclays Premier League appearance, and Stephen Ireland gave them a 2-0 lead, but Swansea levelled through Wilfried Bony and Nathan Dyer, and when Bony struck again with four minutes left Michael Laudrup's charges looked to have pulled off a memorable fightback. But Adam had the last word, holding his nerve to convert an added-time penalty.
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Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Newcastle United | #TOTNEW | Matchday Live >>
Sunderland 1-0 Manchester City | #SUNMCI | Matchday Live >>
Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal | #MUNARS | Matchday Live >>
Swansea City 3-3 Stoke City | #SWASTK | Matchday Live >>