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Arsenal stay in title contention

Published: Sunday 10 April 2011, 16.36CET
Arsenal FC maintained their challenge while adding to Blackpool FC's relegation worries with a 3-1 victory that moves them back to within seven points of Manchester United FC.
Arsenal stay in title contention
Emmanuel Eboué drives in Arsenal's second goal ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 10 April 2011, 16.36CET

Arsenal stay in title contention

Arsenal FC maintained their challenge while adding to Blackpool FC's relegation worries with a 3-1 victory that moves them back to within seven points of Manchester United FC.

Arsenal FC moved back within seven points of Premier League leaders Manchester United FC after winning 3-1 at struggling Blackpool FC.

Jens Lehmann made an unexpected comeback for Arsenal following an injury to Manuel Almunia in the warm-up, the 41-year-old German goalkeeper's first Gunners appearance since 2008. The home side started brightly at Bloomfield Road but two goals in four minutes gave the visitors a control they rarely looked like relinquishing. Robin van Persie laid on the first for Abou Diaby after 18 minutes before Emmanuel Eboué drilled in not long later after bursting into the Blackpool area.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher gave Ian Holloway's side some hope on 52 minutes but Arsenal broke away to seal the victory 14 minutes from time through Van Persie. Arsène Wenger's men have a game in hand on the leaders, who defeated Fulham FC 2-0 on Saturday, and will host United on 1 May. Blackpool remain a point above the relegation zone.

Aston Villa FC are now five points above the bottom three after James Collins headed the only goal at home to Newcastle United FC in the late game. Manchester City FC travel to Liverpool FC in Monday night's fixture with both teams harbouring European ambitions.

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Last updated: 28/06/2011 14:49 CET

10/04/2011

Aston VillaAston Villa1-0NewcastleNewcastle

Collins 24

Venue: Birmingham

10/04/2011

BlackpoolBlackpool1-3ArsenalArsenal

Taylor-Fletcher 52

Diaby 18, Eboué 21, Van Persie 76

Venue: Blackpool

09/04/2011

Man. UnitedMan. United2-0FulhamFulham

Berbatov 12, Valencia 32

Venue: Manchester

09/04/2011

BlackburnBlackburn1-1BirminghamBirmingham

Hoilett 45+7

Bowyer 32

Venue: Blackburn

09/04/2011

BoltonBolton3-0West HamWest Ham

Lee Chung-Yong 20, Sturridge 14, 51

Venue: Bolton

09/04/2011

TottenhamTottenham3-2StokeStoke

Modrić 18, Crouch 11, 34

Etherington 27, Jones 41

Venue: London

09/04/2011

ChelseaChelsea1-0WiganWigan

Malouda 67

Venue: London

09/04/2011

SunderlandSunderland2-3West BromWest Brom

Shorey 10 (o.g.), Bardsley 31

Odemwingie 29, Mulumbu 54, Scharner 72

Venue: Sunderland

09/04/2011

WolvesWolves0-3EvertonEverton

Beckford 21, P. Neville 39, Bilyaletdinov 45

Venue: Wolverhampton

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