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Sunday, April 12, 1998 Published at 08:46 GMT 09:46 UK

Sport: Football

Gunning for United
image: [ Arsenal's Nicholas Anelka celebrating his goal four minutes before half-time ]
Arsenal's Nicholas Anelka celebrating his goal four minutes before half-time

James Alexander Gordon reads the classified results
Arsenal 3-1 Newcastle

A standing ovation for Arsenal who are now unbeaten in four months in the Premiership. Nicholas Anelka scored twice to put this match beyond the Magpies. But it was Patrick Viera's long range strike which was the game's magic moment - from 30 yards into the top left corner of the goal. The victory takes the Gunners to within four points of championship leaders Manchester United, with three games in hand.

Ian Brown reports from Highbury
This was a dominant display from the Gunners who were without their first-choice strikers. They now travel to Blackburn on Monday looking to strengthen their championship credentials. But coach Arsene Wenger would not be drawn on the title race:

[ image: Delighted Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger]
Delighted Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
"We take each game as it comes. It's important to win at home, not to have too many injuries, and have one or two victories away from home," he said.

Warren Barton scored a consolation goal for Newcastle, but they are now in serious trouble. The Magpies are 16th in the table after this result - just two places above the drop.

Mark Pougatch reports from Oakwell
Barnsley 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Barnsley refuse to give up. Ashley Ward's 65th-minute effort and Jan Aage Fjortoft's 72nd-minute goal was enough to destroy the hopes of Wednesday. Dejan Stefanovic pulled back a goal just before the end. The victory allows Barnsley to close the gap on Tottenham just above them in the table.

Jimmy Armfield reports from the Reebok Stadium
Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Blackburn Rovers

Jason Wilcox had himself sent off in the last minute of this game as Blackburn suffered yet another defeat - their early season form has completely deserted them. Bolton's record signing Dean Holdsworth opened the scoring in the first half. Damien Duff grabbed one back just after the break, but an 18-yard shot from Bob Taylor secured three important points for relegation-threatened Bolton.

Steve May reports from Stamford Bridge
Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur

[ image: Chelsea are now fourth in the league]
Chelsea are now fourth in the league
Spurs hung on for 75 minutes at Stamford Bridge before Tore Andre Flo fired Chelsea into the lead from just inside the box. Player-coach Gianluca Vialli secured all three points two minutes from the whistle. Chelsea jump to fourth in the Premiership.

Spurs drop to 17th, just one place above the relegation zone and are now in real danger of playing in the First Division next season.

Alan Biggs reports from Highfield Road
Coventry City 1-2 Aston Villa

Aston Villa continued their good run of form. This was their fourth successive victory. Dwight Yorke scored his 12th of the season early in the first half. A second just after the break sealed the game. Coventry's reply came from Noel Whelan.

Eleanor Oldroid reports from Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace 0-3 Leicester

Not much can save Crystal Palace now - First Division football next season looks inevitable. This was their 10th defeat in 11 matches. Emile Heskey scored a brace and Matt Elliott added a third for Leicester.

Dave Woods reports from Goodison Park
Everton 2-0 Leeds

Everton helped their survival bid with a tremendous 2-0 win over 10-man Leeds. Don Hutchison's 10th-minute effort gave them a vital lead at Goodison Park before Leeds' Lucas Radebe was sent off for a second bookable offence. Duncan Ferguson, returning after injury, gave Everton a more comfortable cushion when he headed a second in the 38th minute.

John Hughes reports from the Dell
Southampton 0-1 Wimbledon

A rare mistake from the excellent Southampton keeper Paul Jones cost his side the match. It was Carl Leaburn who accepted the present to lift Wimbledon away from the drop zone. They are 13th, just above Sheffield Wednesday on goal difference.

Steve Tongue reports from Upton Park
West Ham 0-0 Derby

It was not pretty at Upton Park. West Ham played most of the game with ten men - John Hartson was sent off for serious foul play in the 33rd minute. But Derby also had a man sent to the changing room early. Stefano Eranio was dismissed for violent conduct after a tussle with David Unsworth. Both teams require better if they are to qualify for Europe.

Top of the table:

  1. Manchester United P-34 Pts-67
  2. Arsenal P-31 Pts-63
  3. Liverpool P-32 Pts-55

Manchester United drew 1-1 with Liverpool on Friday night.

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