Arsenal Go Top. Tottenham Hold Fourth. Sunderland and Pompy Win Again


Today in the Premiership Arsenal took advantage of the fact that the teams above them play tomorrow when they climbed to the top of the table for the first time in a long while. Denilson put them on their way against West Ham after a goal on five minutes and although Vermaelen was sent off before half time, the Gunners held on and added a second late on with Fabregas scoring from the spot.

At the other end of the table Portsmouth continued on their good run with a late win against Hull City. Hull have just crowned a new manager with Iain Dowie joining their ranks, but he wouldn’t be a happy man after watching his side throw away a 2-1 to lose 3-2. Forlan bagged a brace for the tigers but late goals from O’Hara and Kanu gifted the points to Pompy who turned the game on its head in sixty-seconds.

Everton also left it late against Bolton. Steinsson saw red for Bolton and two minutes later the man advantage proved vital for Everton who took the lead thanks to Arteta, before Pienaar doubled up with a minute to go. Aston Villa also scored twice today as they struggled with Wolves, Villa struck first with Carew but a goal from Craddock and an OG from Milner gave them a 2-1 disadvantage at half time, and they left it until the final ten minutes before Carew found the net again to save a point for Villa.

Tottenham relished in Villa’s missed opportunities as their narrow 2-1 win away to Stoke means they are now cemented in fourth spot.

Wigan also snuck a slight 1-0 win and a much needed three points against a down on their luck Burnley side whilst Sunderland thumped Birmingham 3-1 to continue on a great recent run of form.