Manchester City maintained their five-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League table, and wins for Manchester United, Newcastle and Chelsea mean there is no change in the top-four.

Tottenham are in fifth after winning away at Fulham, while Liverpool could only manage a draw at home to Swansea and sit sixth. Arsenal move to within three points of the UEFA Champions League places with their fourth consecutive league victory.

At the bottom, Wigan remain rooted to the foot of the table after going down 3-1 at Wolves - who lift themselves to 13th after Sunday's Molineux victory. Bolton leapfrog Blackburn after their 5-0 thrashing of Stoke, but remain in the bottom three.

GMF reflects on the weekend encounters, and picks its standout performers to create a star-studded Premier League team of the week.
 



Goalkeeper:

Brad Friedel

The 40-year-old stopper was in inspired form against Fulham, making a succession of impressive saves to keep Tottenham in the lead, before a last gasp Jermain Defoe goal completed a 3-1 victory at Craven Cottage.
 



Defenders:

Micah Richards

The Manchester City full-back was a constant menace down the right-flank at Loftus Road, and in addition to his attacking prowess on display against QPR, the 23-year-old has shown strong signs of improving defensively, making him one of the most in-form right-backs in the Premier League.


Nemanja Vidic

Manchester United have missed the presence of their Serbian captain at the heart of the Red Devils defence, and it is no coincidence that his return to the side coincided with a much more assured performance against Sunderland - who were limited to only a handful of half-chances in their 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford.


Thomas Vermaelen

The 'Verminator' as he is affectionately referred to by the Emirates faithful added some much needed steel to the Arsenal defence, and capped his impressive performance in the 3-0 win over West Brom with a well-taken goal in the first-half.


Ryan Taylor

The Newcastle defender celebrated the birth of a baby in superb fashion after collecting Jack Rodwell's clearing header on the edge of the box, and unleashing a dipping volley over Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, which went in off the underside off the crossbar to bring St James' Park to it's feet, to seal a 2-1 victory.
 



Midfield:

Chris Eagles

The Bolton winger turned in a majestic display, giving Stoke right-back Robert Huth a torrid time in Sunday's 5-0 thrashing at the Reebok. As well as two goals for himself, Eagles set-up Ivan Klasnic for his first to help the Trotters to a morale-boosting victory over Tony Pulis' lacklustre Potters side.


Mikel Arteta

Since arriving at Arsenal, Mikel Arteta has made the most passes per 90 minutes of any Premier League player, and the Spaniard has also created the most chances for the Gunners this term. Another impressive performance in the middle of the park was capped by a well-taken goal to confirm the victory over the Baggies.


David Silva

Another inspirational performance helped guide City to a 3-2 victory over QPR - Silva linked up well with Yaya Toure all afternoon, and put Roberto Mancini's side in the driving seat when he scored early in the second half.


Gareth Bale

The Welsh wing wizard turned in another impressive display for Spurs, and broke the deadlock with a lung-busting run down the left - his low-drilled shot was too powerful for Fulham defender Chris Baird who deflected the ball into his own net.
 



Strikers:


Gabby Agbonlahor

The Aston Villa striker is starting to rediscover his best form, with his blossoming partnership with Darren Bent starting to show at Villa Park. After teeing up Bent for the opening goal, Agbonlahor captialised on a defensive error by Norwich, stealing the ball off the outrushing John Ruddy and slotting into an empty net in a game that ended in a 3-2 victory.


Jay Bothroyd

The QPR striker is starting to find his feet in the Premier League, and after giving Neil Warnock's side an early lead with a well-taken header, he later hit the post with a similar effort. Bothroyd played a part in Rangers' equaliser when another header, this time from a corner, cannoned off strike partner Heidar Helguson and into the net, but could not prevent defeat.

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