Van Persie fires United win, City remain unbeaten, Arsenal share the points

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Updated: November 29, 2012

Robin Van Persie fired United to another win after just 31 seconds, Balotelli scored as City climb into second, Everton and Arsenal played out a stalemate, Rafa Benitez and Chelsea still haven’t silenced the skeptics, Gareth Bale inspired Spurs yet again and Swansea put a stop to West Brom and their superb run, all on a busy midweek night of Premiership action.

Manchester United remained top of the Premiership with a 1-0 win over a spirited West Ham at Old Trafford, courtesy of a goal after just 31 seconds by Robin Van Persie, his 9th of the season.

Manchester rivals City remain just a point further back, and still unbeaten, following a 2-0 win away from home against Wigan, Balotelli and Milner providing the goals for the defending champions.

The Manchester clubs, on 33 and 32 points respectively, have opened up a notable gap on their title rivals after 14 games, with Chelsea seven points off the pace in third.

Boos rang out again at Stamford Bridge where new Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez failed again to gather 3 points following a second draw, this time to Fulham. Fernando Torres has failed to score in nearly 10 hours of Premiership football and was only denied by a goal line clearance on what must have been another frustrating night for the Spaniard.

Tottenham Hotspur moved up to fifth by beating Liverpool 2-1 at White Hart Lane Gareth Bale starring again, rising above Everton and Arsenal who drew 1-1 at Goodison Park, Walcott and Fellaini the goal scorers on the night.

Stoke City came from a goal down to defeat Newcastle United 2-1, Jon Walters and Cameron Jerome scoring in the last 10 minutes, while improving Southampton, who have taken eight points from their last four games, remain in the bottom three after a 1-1 draw at home to Norwich City and Wayne Routledge scored twice for Swansea as they brushed aside West Brom.