Premier League Wrap: Arsenal Win Derby; Man City, 'Pool Win Easy; Man Utd Lose

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Premier League Wrap: Arsenal Win Derby; Man City, 'Pool Win Easy; Man Utd Lose
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The pick of the Premier League fixtures fell on Saturday this week, with all of this season's pretenders and contenders on the menu and a couple of serious performances to digest.

For once, all the top sides were in action on a Saturday, and with almost one third of the season gone, now was the time to make a real statement of intent for the rest of the season.

The early kickoff saw the action started at the Emirates, where Arsenal welcomed Tottenham Hotspur in Andre Villas-Boas' first North London Derby, the 169th in all competitions.

From there it was on to the six 3 p.m. kickoffs (GMT), which saw Reading, still without a win this season, take on David Moyes' UEFA Champions League-chasing Everton.

A real relegation six-pointer saw Southampton travel to Loftus Road and QPR.

This season's surprise package, West Bromwich Albion, took on Chelsea without the inspirational John Terry, who missed the game through injury.

Inconsistent Liverpool entertained Roberto Martinez's Wigan Athletic, and second-place Manchester City welcomed an Aston Villa side who were unlucky to lose to Manchester United last week.

The late kickoff then saw the Red Devils head to struggling Norwich City, with Javier Hernandez determined to add to his record of having scored the most away goals as a substitute in the Premier League.

Read on to find out what happened.

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