Bale brace helps Tottenham edge Norwich

Tottenham edged Norwich City, 2-0, at half brace from Gareth Bale to close the gap at the top of the Premiership.

With Manchester City dropping two points in a draw with West Bromwich on Monday, the window was open for Spurs to move to within seven points of the lead in England's top flight.

Tottenham took advantage of that opportunity, improving to 38 points on the year as it occupies third place behind Manchester City and Manchester United, which are tied on 45 points.

Spurs also have a game in hand and can reduce the gap at the top to just four points should they come away with a win against Everton on Jan. 11.

The loss snaps a three-game unbeaten run in league play for Norwich, as the Canaries remain just outside the top half of the table on 21 points.

After a scoreless opening period, Bale powered Tottenham to victory with goals in the 56th and 67th minutes.

The Welsh international opened the scoring after receiving a square pass inside the box from Emmanuel Adebayor. Bale quickly fired a low shot toward goal that found its way underneath the outstretched hand of Norwich 'keeper John Ruddy and into the back of the net.

Bale doubled the lead and secured the points 11 minutes later, latching onto a through ball and chipping his effort over an on-rushing Ruddy.

Arsenal 1, Wolverhampton 1

London, England - Arsenal was held to a draw by 10-man Wolverhampton on Tuesday as the two sides finished 1-1 in their Premiership meeting at the Emirates.

Gervinho handed the Gunners a dream start at home with a goal in the eighth minute, but it was negated by Steven Fletcher's strike 30 minutes later.

Nenad Milijas was shown a red card in the 75th minute, but Arsenal failed to take advantage of the extra man as Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey produced a string of fine saves to keep the Gunners to just one goal.

A win would have moved Arsenal into fourth place after Chelsea played to its third-straight draw Monday, but the Gunners instead occupy fifth place on 33 points, trailing the Blues by one point.

The draw brings Wolves to 16 points on the year and two points above the relegation zone.

Swansea City 1, QPR 1

Swansea, Wales - Swansea City and QPR exchanged goals on opposite sides of halftime in a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday.

Danny Graham lifted the home side to first-half lead with a curling shot inside the post after 13 minutes, but Jamie Mackie equalized in the 58th minute to earn a point for QPR.

The tie snaps QPR's three-game losing skid in league play and brings the club to 17 points through 18 games. Swansea improves to 19 points through as many games.