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England round-up: Business as usual for Arsenal

Published: Sunday 12 January 2003, 23.45CET
Thierry Henry scored his 100th goal for Arsenal FC in Sunday's 4-0 win at Birmingham City FC. features

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Published: Sunday 12 January 2003, 23.45CET

England round-up: Business as usual for Arsenal

Thierry Henry scored his 100th goal for Arsenal FC in Sunday's 4-0 win at Birmingham City FC.

Arsenal FC retained their five-point advantage over Manchester United FC at the top of the English Premiership on Sunday after a 4-0 victory over Birmingham City FC at Saint Andrews.

Floodlight failure
After the action was delayed by 30 minutes following a partial floodlight failure, Thierry Henry gave the visitors a sixth-minute lead, running on to Dennis Bergkamp's wonderfully weighted pass before skipping past the Birmingham goalkeeper Nico Vaesen and tucking the ball into the empty net.

Pires on fire
The second goal arrived in the 29th minute by virtue of a defensive blunder by Michael Johnson, who tried to nod the ball away from Sylvain Wiltord but succeeded only in heading the ball into the path of Robert Pires, who cracked the ball past Vaesen from 18 metres.

Dugarry debut
Birmingham, for whom Christophe Dugarry was making his debut, rallied but were unable to claw a goal back before Johnson, rising with Lauren to meet Bergkamp's floated cross, headed the ball past his own keeper on 67 minutes to make the score 3-0 - although the Cameroon midfield player claimed the goal as his own.

Century sealed
Three minutes later Pires cut inside from the left and found Wiltord, who fed Henry. The French striker duly carried the ball into the Birmingham area and slotted the ball past Vaesen to claim his 100th goal for Arsenal in only his 181st appearance.

Tottenham bounce back
In the day's earlier game at White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hotspur FC recovered from their 4-0 FA Cup defeat at the hands of Southampton FC last weekend by beating Everton FC 4-3.

McBride opener
Glenn Hoddle's side had to come from behind after Everton's new loan signing from Columbus Crew, United States striker Brian McBride calmly gave the visitors an eleventh-minute lead.

Keane hat-trick
Within three minutes Spurs captain Gustavo Poyet had restored parity with a header but Everton were ultimately sunk by a second-half hat-trick from Tottenham's Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane - his first in the Premiership. The former Internazionale FC forward scored in the 50th, 68th and 83rd minutes to secure all the points for the home side - the winner a spectacular solo run finished off with a deft chip - after Steve Watson and Tomasz Radzinski had twice drawn Everton level.

Last updated: 13/01/03 12.34CET



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