London: Arsenal claimed the Premiership title after drawing with rivals Spurs today. With this, the Gunners captured a second title in three seasons. The Gunners needed only a point for title glory after Chelsea's 2-1 defeat by Newcastle earlier in the day - and seemed to be set for all three points when goals from Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires gave the visitors a 2-0 half-time lead. Arsenal took a third-minute lead when Patrick Vieira slid the ball home after a counterattack involving Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp. The Dutchman then combined with Vieira to set up Robert Pires, who calmly slotted the ball into the corner. But Spurs pulled a goal back through Jamie Redknapp's shot and Robbie Keane secured a late equaliser with a penalty after being fouled by Jens Lehmann. Earlier, Newcastle handed Arsenal a great chance to clinch the Premier League title by beating Chelsea 2-1. All the Gunners needed was a tie to capture the title. Chelsea squandered a chance to delay the Arsenal celebrations for another week at least after taking the lead after just five minutes at St. James' Park. In yesterday's games, Liverpool scored a 1-0 victory at third place Manchester United thanks to a Danny Murphy penalty. The other results were Everton 0, Blackburn 1; Fulham 2, Charlton 0; Leicester 1, Manchester City 1; Middlesbrough 1, Aston Villa 2; Southampton 1, Bolton 2. In division one, second place West Bromwich Albion celebrated a return to the top flight along with leader Norwich City.
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