Manchester United returned to the summit of the Premier League table after a laborious win against Queens Park Rangers, watched on by Harry Redknapp.

West Brom leapt up to third after an excellent 4-2 win at Sunderland, Jordi Gomez claimed a hat-trick with a dramatic stoppage-time winner for Wigan at home to Reading, Stoke got a rare win versus Fulham and Everton were denied a win by Tottenham Hotspur.

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  • Aston Villa v Arsenal - Premier League

    BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Andreas Weimann of Aston Villa and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal battle for the ball as Enda Stevens of Aston Villa (R) falls to the pitch during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on November 24, 2012 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Aston Villa v Arsenal - Premier League

    BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal reacts after missing a goal scoring chance during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on November 24, 2012 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Aston Villa v Arsenal - Premier League

    BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal reacts after missing a goal scoring chance during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on November 24, 2012 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Aston Villa v Arsenal - Premier League

    BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Andreas Weimann of Aston Villa and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal battle for the ball as Enda Stevens of Aston Villa (R) falls to the pitch during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on November 24, 2012 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    General view of the giant video screen at Villa Park showing a message in support of club captain Stiliyan Petrov who is recovering from acute leukaemia

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor (left) is challenged by Arsenal's Per Mertesacker in the Arsenal box

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs shows his frustrations

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor (left) is challenged by Arsenal's Per Mertesacker in the Arsenal box

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (floor) and Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor battle for the ball

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Arsenal's Mikel Arteta (right) and Aston Villa's Christian Benteke battle for the ball

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor appeals for a penalty following a challenge by Arsenal's Per Mertesacker (not in picture), in the Arsenal box

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor and Arsenal's Lukas Podolski (right) battle for the ball

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Andreas Weimann (left) puts the ball in the back of the net but sees his effort ruled out for offside

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Matthew Lowton and Arsenal's Lukas Podolski (left) battle for the ball

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor (left) is challenged by Arsenal's Per Mertesacker in the Arsenal box

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Andreas Weimann puts the ball in the back of the net but sees his effort ruled out for offside

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor and Arsenal's Lukas Podolski (right) battle for the ball

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Andreas Weimann (right) reacts as he sees his first half effort ruled out for offside

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor and Arsenal's Lukas Podolski (right) battle for the ball

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar and Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (left) battle for the ball

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar and Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (left) battle for the ball

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar and Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (left) battle for the ball

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar and Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (left) battle for the ball

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny (floor) rues a missed chance on goal

  • Aston Villa v Arsenal - Premier League

    BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Christian Benteke of Aston Villa and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on November 24, 2012 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • FBL-ENG-PR-ASTON VILLA-ARSENAL

    Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud (L) vies with Aston Villa's Dutch defender Ron Vlaar during an English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park stadium in Birmingham on November 24, 2012. AFP PHOTO/IAN KINGTON RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor (left) is challenged by Arsenal's Per Mertesacker in the Arsenal box

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor (left) is challenged by Arsenal's Per Mertesacker in the Arsenal box

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs shows his frustrations

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar and Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (right) battle for the ball

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (floor) and Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor battle for the ball

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Arsenal's Mikel Arteta (right) and Aston Villa's Christian Benteke battle for the ball

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Matthew Lowton and Arsenal's Lukas Podolski (left) battle for the ball

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Andreas Weimann (left) puts the ball in the back of the net but sees his effort ruled out for offside

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor and Arsenal's Lukas Podolski (right) battle for the ball

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor and Arsenal's Lukas Podolski (right) battle for the ball

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Andreas Weimann puts the ball in the back of the net but sees his effort ruled out for offside

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor (left) is challenged by Arsenal's Per Mertesacker in the Arsenal box

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor appeals for a penalty following a challenge by Arsenal's Per Mertesacker (not in picture), in the Arsenal box

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks on prior to kick-off

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Andreas Weimann (right) reacts as he sees his first half effort ruled out for offside

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar and Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (left) battle for the ball

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar and Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (left) battle for the ball

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor and Arsenal's Lukas Podolski (right) battle for the ball

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar and Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (left) battle for the ball

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar and Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (left) battle for the ball

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Arsenal - Villa Park

    Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny (floor) rues a missed chance on goal

  • FBL-ENG-PR-MAN UTD-QPR

    Manchester United's Dutch forward Robin van Persie runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on November 24, 2012. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FBL-ENG-PR-MAN UTD-QPR

    Manchester United's Dutch forward Robin van Persie (L) challenges QPR's Argentinian midfielder Alejandro Faurlin during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on November 24, 2012. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FBL-ENG-PR-MAN UTD-QPR

    QPR's Shaun Derry (L) challenges Manchester United's French defender Patrice Evra (R) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on November 24, 2012. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FBL-ENG-PR-MAN UTD-QPR

    QPR's Shaun Derry (L) closes in on Manchester United's French defender Patrice Evra (C) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on November 24, 2012. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)