London: In the English Premier League, Leeds are the new leaders at the top of the table -- some compensation for their shock 1-0 loss to Portugese side Maritimo in the UEFA Cup last week. Manchester United rested as many as nine of their top players but still managed to beat Ipswich. Fresh after their midweek victory in the Champions League, Arsenal were at home to table toppers Bolton Wanderers. The gunners had to wait till the 73rd minute to take the lead. Some good ball movement from Robert Peres gave Francis Jeffers his first goal since joining Arsenal in the summer. But Arsenal's joy was short-lived as Micheal Ricketts, turned brilliantly to score an equalizer after just nine minutes as the match ended in 1-1 draw. Liverpool took on Tottenham Hotspurs and it took a spectacular 30-yard shot by Jari Litmanen in the 56th minute to give Liverpool a well-deserved 1-0 win. But Liverpool's joy was short lived as star striker Micheal Owen pulled out with a hamstring in the 83rd minute. Owen is set for a two-month lay off and will also miss next weekas crucial world cup qualifier against Greece at home. Even with a virtually reserved squad champions, Manchester United were 2-0 up in the opening 20 minutes against Ipshwich. The goals coming from Ronnie Johnsan and Ole Gunnar Solskjaeer. There was more trouble for the tractor boys in the dying minutes of the game as Andy Cole and Solskjaeer rounded up an easy 4-0 win. West Ham finally got their season running with a comprehensive 3-0 win at home over Newcastle United. The first goal coming off a corner in the 18th minute. In the 57th minute, Paulo Di Canio doubled the lead with some good ball control. The final nail was hammered by Fedrick Kanoute in the 82nd minute. Leeds looked to be in trouble against Derby County at home, when it looked like Leeds had scored an own goal in the 7th minute. But it was denied after the linesman ruled it off side. Two minutes later, Leeds had taken the lead after a free kick by Ian Hart found the head of Eric Bakker. The home side then scored twice again through Harry Kewell as Leeds won 3-0. In other weekend matches, Blackburn Rovers beat Everton 1-0 at home. Leicester drew 0-0 with Fulham while both Sunderland and Chelsea were held to 2-2 draws at home by Charlton and Middlesbrough, respectively. Leeds win puts them on top of the table, two points ahead of Bolton, with a game in hand. Manchester move up to fourth place on goal difference, while Chelsea round up the top five with 9 points.
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