Arsenal recover to go four points clear

Defending English Premier League champions Arsenal overcome West Bromwich Albion 2-1 to move four points clear of Manchester United and Chelsea.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:28 IST
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Thierry Henry fired a late winner as defending champion Arsenal overcame relegation haunted West Bromwich Albion 2-1 on Thursday after falling behind in the third minute. Lanky West Brom striker Danny Dichio stunned the Premier League leader by heading home a Jason Koumas free kick. But Francis Jeffers, given a rare start, leveled three minutes into the second half and Henry ran clear of the Albion defense five minutes from the end to capture three more points for Arsene Wenger's team and plunge Gary Megson's men further into trouble. With second place Chelsea held 0-0 at home by Southampton and Manchester United not kicking off until two hours later, the result meant that Arsenal moved four points clear of two of its major rivals. United, visiting Middlesbrough, had the chance to join Chelsea on 38 points while Arsenal has 42. German World Cup star Christian Ziege was sent off for the second time in four days as Tottenham and Charlton tied 2-2 at White Hart Lane. Trailing 2-0 after Jason Euell had scored twice for the visitor, Spurs hit back through Robbie Keane and Steffen Iversen before Ziege, ejected in Monday's 4-3 win at Manchester City, was sent off near the end for two yellow cards. Last place West Ham remains without a win at home after being held 1-1 at Upton Park by a Fulham team sliding towards the relegation zone. Facundo Sava gave the visitor the lead before Trevor Sinclair fired in a 67th minute penalty. "I've got to remain positive, which hasn't been a problem for me this season, and the players will bounce off me," said Hammers manager Glenn Roeder whose team has failed to win in 12 home games. "We've had a number of games in which we've played well enough to win but haven't. The players are now thinking about trying to get us out of this hole we're in and it is a big one." West Ham's Czech defender, Thomas Repka, who has collected 10 yellow cards this season, was sent off for arguing with referee Dermot Gallagher. "There is not defense for Tomas Repka," Roeder said. "He knows he's wrong now, but it's too late now. I'm not even going to attempt to make an excuse for him. He had more than 100 starts for Fiorentina and should know better." Alan Shearer scored twice but his Newcastle team went down 4-3 at next to last Bolton. Michael Ricketts netted twice for Wanderers who led 4-1 before the Magpies hit back to make it an exciting finish. Bolton's win drops West Brom down to next to last with West Ham now two points adrift. Thursday's other games, which kicked off later, were Birmingham-Everton, Liverpool-Blackburn, Manchester City-Aston Villa and Sunderland hosted Leeds. (AP)