30 Dec 2012

Arsenal swoop on Newcastle while Manchester United retain lead

9:09 am on 30 December 2012

The English football side Arsenal have swept past Newcastle United 7-3 to move into fifth place in the premier league.

Manchester United have maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the competition after beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0.

Second placed Manchester City have defeated Norwich City 4-3.

Tottenham won 2-1 at Sunderland to shift into third place.

Reading has moved three points clear of bottom side Queens Park Rangers by beating West Ham 1-0.

Aston Villa are just one point above the relegation zone after a third big defeat in seven days, crashing 3-0 at home to Wigan Athletic.

Southampton remain third-bottom after being pegged back to a 3-3 draw at Stoke City.

Swansea won 2-1 at Fulham.