Arsenal beat West Ham 3-1

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Thierry Henry scored three times as Arsenal beat a 10-man West Ham 3-1 in the Premier League on Sunday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Thierry Henry scored three times as Arsenal beat a 10-man West Ham 3-1 in the Premier League on Sunday. Henry's first was a 14-minute penalty - awarded when Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires fell after West Ham's Steve Lomas cut inside him. Lomas was then sent off by referee Mike Dean. Despite the disadvantage, West Ham equalized in the 40th minute through Jermain Defoe, who intercepted a backpass to outpace Arsenal defender Sol Campbell and score past David Seaman. Henry headed the second in the 71st minute from a Dennis Bergkamp cross. His third, four minutes from time, was from a Pires cross. It was Henry's second hat-trick of the season. Arsenal has 49 points, five more than Manchester United. Newcastle is third with 42 points, with a game in hand, followed by Chelsea (41 points), Everton (39) and Liverpool (38). On Saturday, Diego Forlan hit the winner in the third minute of injury time as United edged Chelsea 2-1 for its seventh home league victory in a row. Liverpool finally ended its 11-game winless run in the league and became the first team to win at Southampton with a 1-0 victory at St. Mary's. Emile Heskey, who had not scored in 18 games, netted Liverpool's match winner at Southampton in the 14th minute as Gerard Houllier's team climbed two places to sixth, still 11 points off the lead. Liverpool had gained only four points from its previous 11 games having led the standings in November. Gordon Strachan's Saints slipped two places to eighth. Newcastle charged up to third with a 2-0 beating of Manchester City helped by a goal from Alan Shearer after just 10 seconds - tying the Premier League's fastest ever by Tottenham's Ledley King three seasons ago. Strike partner Craig Bellamy hit the other. Two goals from United States World Cup striker Brian McBride, hired on loan from Columbus Crew just two weeks ago, earned fifth-place Everton a come from behind 2-1 victory over ailing Sunderland. In other results: Aston Villa 0 Tottenham 1, Blackburn 1 Birmingham 1, Charlton 1 Bolton 1, Leeds 0 West Bromwich Albion 0. (AP)

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