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England round-up: Arsenal back on top

Champions Arsenal FC moved back to the top of the table with a 3-0 derby win against Tottenham Hotspur FC while Chelsea FC won at home.

Arsenal FC took advantage of leaders Liverpool FC’s inactivity to move back to the top of the English Premiership thanks to a 3-0 win over north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur FC at Highbury on Saturday.

Spectacular strike
The defending champions, who moved to the top of the table for the first time in six weeks, took the lead in the 14th minute thanks to a wonderful goal from Thierry Henry. The visitors then had Welsh international midfield player Simon Davies sent off in the 27th minute for two bookings, and Arsenal rarely looked troubled after that.

Second-half dominance
Further goals from Freddie Ljungberg and Sylvain Wiltord in the second half secured a comfortable win for Arsène Wenger’s side, who go two points clear at the top ahead of Liverpool’s game with Sunderland AFC on Sunday.

Chelsea win again
Chelsea FC consolidated their position in third, thanks to a 1-0 home win against Middlesbrough FC. Nigerian international defender Celestine Babayaro scored the only goal on the game two minutes into the second half, which moved Chelsea to within four points of Liverpool.

Newcastle climb table
Fourth-placed Everton FC visit Blackburn Rovers FC on Sunday, while Manchester United FC, who are fifth, visit West Ham United FC on the same day, so UEFA Champions League contenders Newcastle United FC’s 2-1 home win over Southampton moves them up the table.

Early shock
Southampton stunned the home side as they took an early lead through James Beattie, but Newcastle equalised before half-time thanks to a goal from Shola Ameobi, before Aaron Hughes scored what proved to be the winner early in the second half.

Narrow win
Elsewhere, Charlton Athletic FC secured a valuable 1-0 win at Manchester City FC with a late Shaun Bartlett goal proving decisive, while West Bromwich Albion FC shared a goalless draw with near-neighbours Aston Villa FC.

Sunday action
England’s two other UEFA Cup contenders are in action in Sunday’s other Premiership games, with Fulham FC travelling to Birmingham City FC while Leeds United FC entertain Bolton Wanderers FC. 

Team Bath’s dream over
In the FA Cup first round, Team Bath FC - the first university side in over 100 years to reach the first round of the competition - were beaten 4-2 by Mansfield Town FC.