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Canaries' wings clipped

sports Updated: Nov 20, 2011 01:25 IST

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Robin van Persie scored both goals as Arsenal came from behind to win 2-1 at Norwich City in the Premier League's early kick-off game on Saturday.

The double strike saw the Netherlands international become only the fifth forward to have scored 30 Premier League goals in a calendar year.

He has now scored 31 in 29 games and is closing in on Thierry Henry's Arsenal best of 34 and Alan Shearer's overall record of 36.

No wonder that many regard the Arsenal captain as the best front-man in the world, although he was controversially omitted from a shortlist of 23 players for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award.

Arsenal dominated the early exchanges and created plenty of chances to take the lead.

Van Persie spurned the first after just a few seconds with a mis-hit effort across goal after Theo Walcott had crossed from the right.

Walcott, the England winger, came close himself 10 minutes later with an exhibition of skill that allowed him to get past Marc Tierney in the Norwich box. The shot that followed had the beating of John Ruddy in the home goal but centre-back Russell Martin was able to get back just in time to stick out a leg and deflect the ball over.

City march on as Newcastle downed
Manchester City ended Newcastle's unbeaten start to the season on Saturday with a 3-1 victory to open up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League standings.

Goals from Mario Balotelli, Micah Richards and Sergio Aguero secured all three points for Roberto Mancini's side, who have now won 11 of their 12 games this season.

Balotelli opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 41 minutes before Richards struck just before half-time to leave third-placed Newcastle in trouble.

Argentinian striker Aguero made it 3-0 on 72 minutes with another City penalty before Dan Gosling netted a consolation strike for Newcastle on 89 minutes.

A pulsating game at the Britannia Stadium saw QPR down Stoke 3-2. Jon Walters put Stoke 1-0 up after eight minutes, latching on to Peter Crouch's through ball before rifling past Paddy Kenny in the QPR goal.

But QPR levelled through Heidar Helguson on 22 minutes before goals from Luke Young and Helguson's second gave the visitors a 3-1 lead. Stoke pulled a goal back through Ryan Shawcross midway through the second half but Rangers held on.

A stormy match at Goodison Park saw Everton come from behind to down Wolves 2-1.