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Ten-man Arsenal go top of the table

Published: Saturday 20 March 2010, 20.30CET
Arsenal FC beat West Ham United FC 2-0 to claim top spot in the Premier League on Saturday after north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur FC had consolidated fourth by winning at Stoke City FC.
Ten-man Arsenal go top of the table
Denilson (left) celebrates his early goal ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 20 March 2010, 20.30CET

Ten-man Arsenal go top of the table

Arsenal FC beat West Ham United FC 2-0 to claim top spot in the Premier League on Saturday after north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur FC had consolidated fourth by winning at Stoke City FC.

Arsenal FC moved a point clear at top of the Premier League, for 24 hours at least, by defeating West Ham United FC 2-0 despite the first-half dismissal of Thomas Vermaelen.

Denilson's shot, after exchanging passes with Nicklas Bendtner on the edge of the area, gave the Gunners a fifth-minute lead. With seconds of the opening period remaining, Vermaelen was sent off for pulling down Guillermo Franco but Alessandro Diamanti's ensuing penalty was brilliantly saved by Manuel Almunia. The hosts were not so profligate with their own spot-kick seven minutes from time, when Cesc Fàbregas put the seal on a sixth successive win.

Manchester United FC need a point against Liverpool FC on Sunday to return to the summit, while a Chelsea FC triumph at Blackburn Rovers FC could drop the Gunners back into third. Fulham FC host Manchester City FC in Sunday's other fixture.

Eidur Gudjohnsen's first league goal since November 2008 set Tottenham Hotspur FC on their way to a 2-1 success at ten-man Stoke City FC which consolidates fourth place. Niko Kranjčar (77) struck the winner after the hosts had equalised through Matthew Etherington's penalty. Stoke had midfielder Dean Whitehead (48) dismissed.

Five points behind Tottenham in seventh, Aston Villa FC required an 82nd-minute strike from John Carew – his second of the match – to draw 2-2 with Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. Elsewhere, Everton beat Bolton Wanderers FC − who had Grétar Steinsson sent off with the score goalless − 2-0, while two early strikes from Darren Bent – his 19th and 20th in the league this term – helped Sunderland AFC to a 3-1 win against Birmingham City FC.

At the bottom, Hugo Rodallega's added-time header condemned Burnley FC to a 1-0 defeat at Wigan Athletic FC. Burnley are level with second-bottom Hull City AFC, whose first match under new manager Iain Dowie ended in a 3-2 loss at Portsmouth FC.

Last updated: 20/03/10 21.01CET

Results

English Premier League 2009/10

Matches
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Last updated: 03/07/2011 04:16 CET

19/03/2011

EvertonEverton2-1FulhamFulham

Coleman 36, Saha 49

Dempsey 62

Venue: Liverpool

19/03/2011

WiganWigan2-1BirminghamBirmingham

Cleverley 25, Figueroa 90+2

Ridgewell 6

Venue: Wigan

19/03/2011

Aston VillaAston Villa0-1WolvesWolves

Jarvis 38

Venue: Birmingham

19/03/2011

Man. UnitedMan. United1-0BoltonBolton

Berbatov 88

Venue: Manchester

19/03/2011

BlackburnBlackburn2-2BlackpoolBlackpool

Samba 49, Hoilett 90+3

Adam 25 (p), 29

Venue: Blackburn

19/03/2011

StokeStoke4-0NewcastleNewcastle

Walters 28, Pennant 46, Higginbotham 49, Fuller 90+2

Venue: Stoke

19/03/2011

West BromWest Brom2-2ArsenalArsenal

Reid 3, Odemwingie 58

Arshavin 70, Van Persie 78

Venue: West Bromwich

19/03/2011

TottenhamTottenham0-0West HamWest Ham

Venue: London

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