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United brush Arsenal aside

Published: Sunday 31 January 2010, 10.39CET
Manchester United FC made a searing impression in the Premier League title race as they triumphed 3-1 at Arsenal FC, keeping them within a point of leaders Chelsea FC, who won 2-1 at Burnley FC.
United brush Arsenal aside
Wayne Rooney scored his 100th Premier League goal against Arsenal ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 31 January 2010, 10.39CET

United brush Arsenal aside

Manchester United FC made a searing impression in the Premier League title race as they triumphed 3-1 at Arsenal FC, keeping them within a point of leaders Chelsea FC, who won 2-1 at Burnley FC.

Manchester United FC made a searing impression in the Premier League title race as they triumphed 3-1 at Arsenal FC, keeping them within a point of leaders Chelsea FC, who won 2-1 at Burnley FC.

Clinical form
Arsenal had gone ten league games without defeat since losing 3-0 at home to Chelsea in November, but once again they came out second best against fellow trophy hopefuls. Nani set the champions on their way with a sublime run after 33 minutes, his chipped finish palmed into the net by Gunners goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, and the hosts were rocked again moments later when in-form Wayne Rooney fired his 100th Premier League goal. United were in clinical form and they snuffed out Arsenal's comeback hopes soon after the break when Ji-Sung Park was allowed to surge through on goal and finish, Thomas Vermaelen adding nothing more than a consolation with ten minutes left.

Terry contribution
The win kept Sir Alex Ferguson's men a point behind Chelsea, though the west London side have a game in hand on both their closest challengers and an Arsenal side now five points off the pace. Captain John Terry proved decisive for the Blues, heading in a Frank Lampard corner with eight minutes remaining after Burnley's Steven Fletcher had cancelled out Nicolas Anelka's opener. Seven points behind Arsenal in fourth, Tottenham Hotspur FC were held 1-1 at Birmingham City FC, leaving them a solitary point clear of Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC, 2-0 victors over Bolton Wanderers FC and bottom side Portsmouth FC, respectively.

Cahill strike
In seventh, Aston Villa FC bolstered their bid for a UEFA Champions League place with another 2-0 win, Gabriel Agbonlahor scoring both the goals at Fulham FC, while, two rungs lower, Tim Cahill earned Everton a late 1-0 victory at Wigan Athletic FC. Elsewhere, second-bottom Hull City AFC drew 2-2 at home against fellow strugglers Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, and West Ham United FC drew 0-0 with Blackburn Rovers FC.

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