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Added Time: A look back at Week 10 in the EPL

Ken Rodney, TSN.ca

11/6/2012 7:57:19 PM

Added-Time takes a look back at Week 10 of the English Premier League season to get you caught up on all the important results, stories and moments. This week saw Manchester United ascend to the top of the table thanks to Robin van Persie, West Bromwich Albion improve their position in impressive form and Liverpool rescue a point thanks to Luis Suarez.

STORIES OF THE WEEK

In his first game against his former Arsenal teammates, it took Manchester United's Robin van Persie into the third minute of the game to do what everyone would expect from someone of his skill level.

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen attempted to clear a cross into the box but ended up teeing it up for van Persie who made no mistake firing it home to give his side an early advantage.

"It's the first time I've ever played against a former club, so it's a special day," said Van Persie, who did not celebrate his opening marker.

Just before halftime, United had a chance to double their lead when midfielder Santi Cazorla was called for a clear handball in the box giving the home side a penalty kick.

Wayne Rooney stepped up to the spot but pulled the ball wide of the goal, keeping the score 1-0 at the half.

In the second half, Rooney would atone for that mistake by finding Patrice Evra with a cross that he would convert effectively putting the game away for United.

Jack Wilshire would pick up a second yellow card reducing Arsenal to 10 men and with the last kick of the game Carzola would shave the lead in half, but it would not be enough to stop United from earning the victory.

Chelsea would be held to a 1-1 draw at Swansea City meaning that United moved above them to the top of the table with a one point advantage.

Van Persie did cause a little more controversy with his old club when he gave his shirt to former teammate Andre Santos at halftime, drawing the ire of not only the Arsenal fan base but also Gunner head coach Arsene Wenger.

"I believe that was not the right thing to do at all,” said Wenger to The Sun newspaper. “I don't even understand it. It's interesting because Santos is a player who cares.”

Tied for the fourth in the league and sitting fifth based on goal differential is West Bromwich Albion thanks to a convincing 2-0 victory over Southampton.

Peter Odemwingie was the star of the show for the Baggies as he scored once in each half.

Collecting the ball just outside the box, Odemwingie fired a ball that deflected off defender Maya Yoshida and past the Southampton keeper to make the score 1-0 in the 36th minute.

Shane Long would then find the Nigerian international, who would convert a diving header into his team's second goal at the hour mark to deliver the knockout punch to the Saints.

"Fantastic credit to bounce back after two difficult weeks," West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster told reporters. "We were unlucky against City and we conceded in the last minute last week, against Newcastle so it was great to bounce back and we thoroughly deserved the win."

In between those two markers, Rickie Lambert found the space and a clear shot for Southampton but rattled the ball off the crossbar as his team was once again kept off the score sheet as they continue to sit at the bottom of the table.

Southampton has only four points from their first 10 games as they continue to struggle in their first season back in the Premier League.

"We need a win that's without question," said Southampton manager Nigel Adkins. "I've got a hunger and a desire. I love being at Southampton. The supporters have been fantastic since I joined the club. I'm positive and it is my responsibility to lead from the front and I have every desire to go and do that."

RESULT OF THE WEEK

Pure skill turned what looked like a home defeat into a 1-1 draw for Liverpool as they came back to rescue a point against Newcastle.

Two minutes before half-time, against the run of play, Newcastle jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Yohan Cabaye volleyed the ball into the net from just inside the box to give them the advantage at the break.

Liverpool looked as though they weren't going to find a way back into the contest when Jose Enrique fired a long ball that Luis Suarez chested down to his feet and with very little room to make a move showed great close control playing the ball around Newcastle keeper Tim Krul and slid into the open net.

"His first touch from that height was an incredible piece of skill, he is a world-class striker," said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

His skill in the goal was so good it even drew praise from the opposing manager.

"Suarez is a great player. He was causing us problems and if we could have wrapped him up, we would have won the game," said Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.

LOOKING AHEAD

Arsenal - currently sitting in seventh place - will look to get back on track when they host Fulham in a battle of London clubs. You can catch this match on TSN, Saturday at 9:55am et/6:55am pt.