Five of the best Premier League goals: December 29

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Manchester United maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the table following their 2-0 win against West Brom at Old Trafford on another eventful day in the Premier League.

A Gareth McAuley own goal early on, and late Robin van Persie strike, were just two of 35 goals scored across eight games in England's top-flight, which broke the record for number of goals in a calendar year.

Manchester City got back to winning ways with a 4-3 victory over Norwich at Carrow Road. Edin Dzeko became only the fourth player in Premier League history to score twice in the opening five minutes, but he was denied a hat-trick when Canaries goalkeeper Mark Bunn was adjudged to have deflected the ball over his own line, mid-way through the second half.

Sergio Aguero scored City's other, with Anthony Pilkington and two Russell Martin goals for the hosts ensuring a tense finale in East Anglia.

Elsewhere, Tottenham rose to third place after claiming a 2-1 away victory at Sunderland in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off, courtesy of a Carlos Cuellar own goal and Aaron Lennon strike, completing the turnaround after John O'Shea's opener for the Black Cats.

Arsenal responded in emphatic fashion in yesterday's late game, with a 7-3 thrashing of Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium. A Theo Walcott hat-trick, two from Olivier Giroud, and one each from Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ensured the Gunners took all three points, with Demba Ba's brace and Sylvain Marveaux tap-in providing little reason for cheer for visiting manager Alan Pardew.

Stoke City and Southampton played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at the Britannia Stadium, while Aston Villa slumped to yet another defeat, losing 3-0 against fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic at Villa Park.

Reading claimed only their second Premier League win of the season with a 1-0 victory over West Ham at the Madejski Stadium, while Fulham's poor run of form continued with a 2-1 home defeat against Swansea.

Sunday sees Everton host Chelsea at Goodison Park with the Blues looking to reclaim third spot, while QPR take on Liverpool at Loftus Road to complete the round of fixtures. Here, GiveMeFootball brings you five of the best goals of the weekend so far…

Robin van Persie | Manchester United

Theo Walcott | Arsenal

Cameron Jerome | Stoke City

Aaron Lennon | Tottenham

Edin Dzeko | Manchester City

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