Manchester City returned to the Premier League summit after a brief hiatus as they beat Arsenal in a thrilling game. Following Manchester United's lunchtime win over QPR, David Silva pounced after Mario Balotelli's shot was saved to score the only goal of the match. Sergio Aguero could have made the win more comfortable but fired over early on, while Pablo Zabaleta hit the post. Arsenal had a number of chances though, and Joe Hart saved from Gervinho, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey. Robin van Persie could not find his 20th goal of the season either, with a shot saved and a goal ruled out for offside, as the hosts restored their two-point lead at the top over their city rivals.