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Villa down Arsenal, West Ham relegated

Published: Sunday 15 May 2011, 19.08CET
A 2-2 draw proved enough for Chelsea FC to secure second place in the Premier League as Arsenal FC lost 2-1 against Aston Villa FC, while West Ham United FC were relegated.
Villa down Arsenal, West Ham relegated
Darren Bent (second left) has scored nine league goals in 15 matches for Aston Villa ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 15 May 2011, 19.08CET

Villa down Arsenal, West Ham relegated

A 2-2 draw proved enough for Chelsea FC to secure second place in the Premier League as Arsenal FC lost 2-1 against Aston Villa FC, while West Ham United FC were relegated.

Arsenal FC missed out on the chance to move to within a point of second-placed Chelsea FC after succumbing to their third league defeat in four matches at home against Aston Villa FC.

The Blues drew 2-2 after conceding an added-time equaliser by Newcastle United FC's Steven Taylor, but, in north London, two early Darren Bent goals (11, 15) put the Gunners firmly on the back foot. Although they replied through Robin van Persie's 11th goal in 11 league matches (89), the hosts floundered again, leaving Manchester City FC two points behind Arsène Wenger's side with a game in hand.

Tottenham Hotspur FC enjoyed better fortune as they ended their sequence of six matches without a win in all competitions with a 2-0 triumph at Liverpool FC. Goals by Rafael van der Vaart (9) and Luka Modrić (56) lifted Spurs a point above the Reds into fifth place with one game remaining.

At the other end of the table, West Ham United FC were relegated after squandering a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at Wigan Athletic FC. Demba Ba's first-half double had given hope to the Londoners, who required a win to avoid demotion, but Charles N'Zogbia also struck twice (57, 90+4), either side of a Conor Sammon effort (68), as Avram Grant's side's worst fears were confirmed.

A 2-0 home reverse for Birmingham City FC at the hands of Fulham FC, meanwhile, has left Alex McLeish's men one place above the relegation zone but level on 39 points with Wigan and Blackpool FC. Those three teams – along with Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Blackburn Rovers FC, on 40 – will seek to avoid becoming one of the two remaining sides to leave the Premier League next weekend.

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English Premier League 2010/11

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

15/05/2011

LiverpoolLiverpool0-2TottenhamTottenham

Van der Vaart 9, Modrić 56 (p)

Venue: Liverpool

15/05/2011

WiganWigan3-2West HamWest Ham

Sammon 68, N'Zogbia 57, 90+4

Ba 12, 26

Venue: Wigan

15/05/2011

BirminghamBirmingham0-2FulhamFulham

Hangeland 5, 49

Venue: Birmingham

15/05/2011

ArsenalArsenal1-2Aston VillaAston Villa

Van Persie 89

Bent 11, 15

Venue: London

15/05/2011

ChelseaChelsea2-2NewcastleNewcastle

Ivanović 2, Alex 83

Gutiérrez 10, Taylor 90+2

Venue: London

14/05/2011

West BromWest Brom1-0EvertonEverton

Mulumbu 10

Venue: West Bromwich

14/05/2011

BlackburnBlackburn1-1Man. UnitedMan. United

Emerton 20

Rooney 73 (p)

Venue: Blackburn

14/05/2011

SunderlandSunderland1-3WolvesWolves

Sessegnon 34

Craddock 22, S. Fletcher 54, Elokobi 78

Venue: Sunderland

14/05/2011

BlackpoolBlackpool4-3BoltonBolton

Puncheon 19, Campbell 9, 45, Adam 63

Davies 6, Taylor 24, Sturridge 53

Venue: Blackpool

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