LONDON — Manchester City's expensively assembled squad showed Sunday that it may have the character as well as the talent necessary to win the Premier League, beating Arsenal 1-0 to stay top of the standings.
Manchester United's 2-0 win at Queens Park Rangers in the day's early match meant City knew it had to avoid defeat or lose the top spot it had held since mid-October.
City went one better, beating Arsenal 1-0 to stay two points ahead of its local rival.
David Silva capped a period of sustained pressure by City with the only goal in the 53rd minute and goalkeeper Joe Hart made a string of saves to keep Arsenal out.
Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick scored for United, while Tottenham beat Sunderland 1-0 to take third place.