Citizens and ManUnited in lockstep

London - Manchester City have won the Premier League's Premier League game against Arsenal to regain their lead in the English Football Championship. One week after the Citizens' first defeat of the season, Spain's World and European champion David Silva (53) scored for the 1-0 (0-0) victory over national team player Per Mertesacker. The central defender was substituted in the 82nd minute.

Before that, defending champions Manchester United had put their local rivals under pressure with a 2-0 (1-0) win at Queens Park Rangers and led the table for a few hours. Wayne Rooney (1st) and Michael Carrick (56th) scored for the Red Devils, who are two points behind the FA Cup winner.

On the rise is Liverpool, who defeated Aston Villa 2-0. Craig Bellamy (11th) and Martin Skrtel (15th) set the course early on with their goals. Tottenham Hotspur remain third after 1-0 (0-0) against FC Sunderland. Roman Pavlyuchenko (61) marked the winner.

For the time being, Chelsea can not intervene in the title race. The Blues are in fourth place after their disappointing 1-0 (0-0) at Kellerkind Wigan Athletic, nine points behind leaders ManCity. In the top group, the immediate follow-up to the Champions League places temporarily lost the table sitter Newcastle United by his zero number against Swansea City.

More good reason for the weekend was the German former international Robert Huth. With his team Stoke City, the ex-Berliner consolidated by a 2: 1 in relegation candidate Wolverhampton Wanderers in secure midfield the eighth place. After a 1-0 break, Huth and Co. equalized 13 minutes after the break, with Wanderers owning an equalizer before England international Peter Crouch made sure of his seventh win of the season for Stoke 20 minutes before the final whistle.

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