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England round-up: Arsenal leapfrog rivals

Published: Tuesday 10 September 2002, 23.59CET
Arsenal FC went top of the table with a win against Manchester City FC.

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Published: Tuesday 10 September 2002, 23.59CET

England round-up: Arsenal leapfrog rivals

Arsenal FC went top of the table with a win against Manchester City FC.

Reigning English Premiership champions Arsenal FC leapfrogged north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur FC at the top of the table with a 2-1 win against Manchester City FC tonight at Highbury.

Wiltord opener

Arsenal, who begin their UEFA Champions League challenge next Tuesday against BV Borussia Dortmund, were ahead after just 25 minutes when Dennis Bergkamp's perceptive pass released in-form Sylvain Wiltord who calmly drilled the ball past Peter Schmeichel.

Lead restored
Four minutes later the visitors were level when Ali Benarbia's cross found the head of former Arsenal forward Nicolas Anelka whose effort beat David Seaman. The hosts restored their advantage three minutes before the interval when Ashley Cole's cross picked out Thierry Henry and the French international finished with aplomb.

Benarbia off
The only significant action of the second half was the dismissal of Manchester City's Benarbia for a second bookable offence. Meanwhile, Tottenham will have a chance to go back to the top of the table tomorrow night if they beat Fulham FC at Loftus Road.

Middlesbrough into top five
In tonight's other game, Middlesbrough FC moved into fourth place with an impressive 3-0 victory against northeast rivals Sunderland AFC. Slovakian international Szilard Nemeth opened the scoring after 17 minutes with an impressive right-footed volley.

Maccarone on the mark
Italian international Massimo Maccarone, with his third league goal of the season, extended the advantage on 37 minutes when he headed Franck Queudrue's cross past Thomas Sørensen. Nemeth added another goal after the interval to put the seal on an excellent night for Steve McClaren's side.

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