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Silva goal keeps Man City on top of Premier League

Updated: December 18, 2011, 13:10


Manchester City's David Silva, fourth right, is congratulated by team mates after scoring a goal against Arsenal during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)

MANCHESTER(AP) David Silva scored the only goal as Manchester City marked Roberto Mancini's second anniversary in charge by staying top of the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Arsenal on Sunday.

Mancini's big-spending side had provisionally gone behind on points after Manchester United's 2-0 victory at Queens Park Rangers earlier in the day.

But Spain international Silva's fifth league goal of the season - a 53rd minute close range finish - proved decisive.

Robin van Persie, Aaron Ramsey and Thomas Vermaelen went close for Arsenal while City's Pablo Zabaleta was denied by a post from 25-yards (meters) in the 66th minute.

City has a two-point lead over United after 16 games.

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