Arsenal goes top with late win

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Arsenal took the sole lead of the Premier League on Saturday with a late win over Wigan after Manchester United fell to a surprise 1-0 loss at Bolton.

Updated: November 26, 2007 18:03 IST
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Arsenal took the sole lead of the Premier League on Saturday with a late win over Wigan after Manchester United fell to a surprise 1-0 loss at Bolton.

The Gunners left it late against a stubborn visiting Wigan, with captain William Gallas and Tomas Rosicky scoring in the final eight minutes for a 2-0 win. Nicolas Anelka scored as Man United lost its first game at Bolton since 1978.

"From time to time, you have to take defeats, it's part of the game," Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said. "We'll bounce back because we have the quality of players to do that."

Everton thrashed Sunderland 7-1 at home with two goals each from Ayegbeni Yakubu and Tim Cahill, and Liverpool beat Newcastle 3-0 with Steven Gerrard scoring one goal and setting up the others. Chelsea beat Derby 2-0.

Also it was: Manchester City 2, Reading 1; Birmingham 0, Portsmouth 2; and Middlesbrough 0, Aston Villa 3.

On Sunday, Fulham hosts Blackburn and Tottenham is at West Ham.

Arsenal leads the standings with 33 points, followed by Manchester United with 30, Manchester City with 29, Chelsea with 28 and Liverpool with 27.

Bolton took advantage of a defensive error from Gerard Pique to score. When Pique tried to head clear a free kick from Ivan Campo, he missed completely, and Anelka took the loose ball and scored in the 11th minute.

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was sent to the stands after verbally clashing with referee Mark Clattenburg in the tunnel at halftime.

"I told him exactly what I thought and he didn't like it," Ferguson said. "I told him just how bad he was in the first half. The game was becoming a shambles."

It was the first win for Bolton manager Gary Megson, who joined the club on Oct. 25, and it dragged the club out of the relegation zone.

"It's given a bit of belief - if we can beat United at our place, we can beat other teams," Megson said.

Arsenal, which had led the standings from United on goals scored before this weekend's games, was frustrated by Wigan's strong defense for most of the game.

Gallas scored with a header in the 83rd minute and Rosicky made it 2-0 in the 85th to extend Arsenal's unbeaten run to 28 consecutive matches, a streak dating back to last season.

"I'm very happy because once again we found the resources in the final 15 minutes of the game," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.

New Wigan manager Steve Bruce, who starts on Monday, watched from the stands.

Gerrard was jeered when he touched the ball until he scored with a free kick in the 28th minute at Newcastle. He captained England in its 3-2 loss to Croatia on Wednesday, which meant it failed to qualify for next year's European Championship.

It was his sixth goal for Liverpool in his last seven games.

Gerrard wasn't surprised by the verbal abuse.

"From now until we (England) get it right we are going to take a lot of criticism," he said.

Liverpool added a second goal in the 46th when Gerrard's corner hit the leg of Kuyt and bounced in. Babel made it 3-0 in the 66th, passing to Gerrard who sent the ball back to him in the area to score.

Everton equaled its best-ever Premier League score, having beaten Southampton 7-1 in 1996.

Aiyegbeni Yakubu scored from 12 meters (yards) in the 12th minute and Cahill scored his first in the 17th. Steven Pienaar made it 3-0 in the 43rd, before Sunderland pulled a goal back through Dwight Yorke in the 45th.

Everton goals kept coming in the second half. Cahill scored his second in the 62nd and Yakubu scored again in the 73rd.

Cahill and Yakubu were taken off, and substitute Andy Johnson lifted the ball over Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon to score in the 78th. Leon Osman completed the rout in the 85th.

Chelsea took the lead with low shot from Salomon Kalou in the 18th minute. Shaun Wright-Phillips added the second in the 73rd after a shot from Frank Lampard shot hit the post.

Derby manager Billy Davies was furious at Chelsea's second goal because his forward Giles Barnes was lying injured on the ground after being tackled by Andriy Shevchenko.

Chelsea substitute Michael Essien was sent off during injury time for elbowing Kenny Miller in the face.

Aston Villa fielded goalkeeper Scott Carson, who was at fault for the first goal against Croatia.

Carson was jeered by Middlesbrough fans, but his long clearance fell to Gabriel Agbonlahor to score Villa's third goal in the 58th. Olof Mellberg and John Carew also scored for Villa.

"Scott was expecting a bit of stick and he certainly got it," Villa manager Martin O'Neill said. "But I think he coped brilliantly."

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