Arsenal beats Fulham 2-1

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Robert Pires scored both goals including the winner deep into second- half injury time, giving Arsenal a 2-1 home victory over Fulham on Saturday and a six-poin

Arsenal beats Fulham 2-1

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Robert Pires scored both goals including the winner deep into second- half injury time, giving Arsenal a 2-1 home victory over Fulham on Saturday and a six-point lead at the top over Manchester United. Pires put Arsenal ahead in the 17th minute but watched as the Gunners, looking sluggish after a 2-2 mid-week draw with Liverpool, saw Steed Malbranque level in the 29th. With Arsenal looking like it would settle for a tie, the French winger struck in injury time to move the Gunners up to 56 points. "We left it very late," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "We were frustrated on Wednesday night. We dropped two points in the last minute at Liverpool and today we gained two points in the last minute. But overall we had two good games." Manchester United climbed over Newcastle into second place with a 2-0 away victory at Southampton on goals by Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Ryan Giggs. The victory gave Man United 50 points, two ahead of Newcastle. "The first half we really had to dig in and defend well," Man United manager Alex Ferguson said. "And we were fortunate to get the two goals that mattered. In the second half we were far more in the comfort zone." Other results Newcastle's match at Middlesbrough was called off because of a frozen pitch. Chelsea and Everton wound up level on points just behind the Magpies. Chelsea managed only a 1-1 draw at home against Tottenham. The highlight was a twisting 35-yard free kick scored by the Blues' striker Gianfranco Zola. Everton won 2-0 at home over troubled Leeds, which left Leeds winless in five games following controversial sales last week of striker Robbie Fowler and defender Jonathan Woodgate. Leeds manager Terry Venables said Saturday said he was still undecided about his future. "I think it's been difficult for everybody, everybody involved," Venables said of the departure of Fowler and Woodgate. "It's not an easy situation." The biggest shock of the day saw West Brom upset Manchester City 2-1 at Maine Road, where new striker Fowler did little. Darren Moore got the winner in the 71st. The Baggies then had to hang on after Jason Roberts was sent off in the 81st for violent conduct. The victory moved West Brom out of last place and up to 18th. It also puts the Baggies in good shape with the next two matches coming at home against Bolton and West Ham. (AP)

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