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England round-up: Arsenal go top as Leicester drop

Published: Sunday 7 April 2002
Arsenal FC reclaimed top spot with a dramatic derby victory but Leicester City were relegated. features

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Published: Sunday 7 April 2002

England round-up: Arsenal go top as Leicester drop

Arsenal FC reclaimed top spot with a dramatic derby victory but Leicester City were relegated.

Arsenal FC reclaimed top spot in the FA Premiership after a dramatic 2-1 win over north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur FC at Highbury.

Late penalties
With Manchester United FC beating Leicester City FC 1-0 earlier in the day, Arsenal knew only three points would take them back to the summit. Freddie Ljungberg gave Arsène Wenger's side the lead in the 24th minute, but Teddy Sheringham levelled from the penalty spot for Spurs nine minutes from time after David Seaman had impeded Gustavo Poyet. However, Lauren struck the winner, also from the spot, with just four minutes left on the clock after Thierry Henry had been hauled down by Dean Richards.

Leicester relegated
The victory put Arsenal two points clear of United with a game in hand. Ole Gunnar Solskjær ended Leicester's six-year spell in the English top flight with the only goal at Filbert Street. Leicester's Callum Davidson could only head Phil Neville's throw-in to the Norwegian who chested the ball and swivelled on his left foot before firing home with his right from ten metres out.

Relegation worries
Derby County FC, another club from the East Midlands, are staring relegation in the face after going down 2-0 at Southampton FC. Gordon Strachan's side were always on top and strikes from Matt Oakley (29) and Marian Pahars (55) left Derby six points from safety.

Bobic hat-trick

Ipswich Town FC are also in a precarious position after a 4-1 humbling at Bolton Wanderers FC, all the home goals coming in the opening half. The Tractor Boys, who face United, Arsenal and Liverpool FC in three of their four remaining games, were undone by a Fredi Bobic hat-trick. Youri Djorkaeff compounded the misery for George Burley's men, with Jamie Clapham's 90th-minute strike proving scant consolation.

Two for Hasselbaink
Everton FC remain six points clear of the drop zone, despite going down 3-0 at Chelsea FC. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink toe-poked the opening goal in the 26th minute before adding a second a minute before the interval. Gianfranco Zola completed the scoring in the 90th minute. West Ham United FC continued their rise up the table with a 2-0 defeat of Charlton Athletic FC at Upton Park, Paolo di Canio and Frédéric Kanouté the men on target.

Riverside victory
Middlesbrough FC's Ugo Ehiogu scored the winning goal in a 2-1 triumph against Aston Villa FC, his former club, at the Riverside. Benito Carbone put the home side ahead six minutes before the break and Ehiogu fired a 65th-minute clincher after Juan Pablo Angel had levelled for Graham Taylor's side on the hour.

City promoted
Meanwhile, a 5-1 defeat of Barnsley FC has seen Manchester City FC promoted from the first division. Darren Huckerby struck a hat-trick and Jon Macken scored twice as former England manager Kevin Keegan made it to the top flight in his first season as City manager.

Last updated: 07/04/02 19.32CET

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