Premier League round-up: United and Chelsea keep winning ways as Gunners seal fourth-place

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Middlesbrough logo
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Manchester United logoMan United

Ryan Giggs 25

Park Ji-Sung 51

Manchester United went six points clear at the top of Premier League standings following a comfortable 2-0 win at Middlesbrough.

The home side almost grabbed the breakthrough on 21 minutes when Jérémie Aliadière got his shot away under pressure from Nemanja Vidić but Ben Foster saved with his legs.

Four minutes later, it was United who opened the scoring as Wayne Rooney sent his pass towards the box into the path of Ryan Giggs, who drilled the ball home into the bottom corner.

Teenager Federico Macheda, making his first league start for the club, let Boro off the hook at the start of the second half when he fired wide from just six yards after Rooney had left Tony McMahon on his backside.

And the game was put to bed as Park Ji-Sung doubled United's advantage in the 51st minute. Rooney again was the architect as his his reverse ball found Park in acres of space and he fired past Brad Jones into the bottom corner.

Middlesbrough v Man United goal & highlights

Chelsea logo
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Fulham logoFulham
Nicolas Anelka 1
Erik Nevland 5
Florent Malouda 10

Didier Drogba 53

Chelsea are now level on points with second-placed Liverpool after winning the West London derby against Fulham 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues opened the scoring after just 51 seconds as Nicolas Anelka combined with Florent Malouda down the left before Malouda's cross was stabbed into the path of Anelka to finish.

But Fulham hit back immediately and were level four minutes later when Erik Nevland ran onto Danny Murphy's clipped pass to beat Petr Čech with a fierce angled drive.

Malouda restored the lead in the 10th minute as the French winger finished smartly after Anelka and Didier Drogba combined to create another neat goal.

And Drogba's strike just after the break sealed the points for Chelsea ahead of their crunch Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday.

Chelsea v Fulham goal & highlights

Portsmouth logo
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Arsenal logoArsenal

Nicklas Bendtner 13

Nicklas Bendtner(pen) 41

Carlos Vela 56

Arsenal secured Champions League football next season after beating Portsmouth 3-0 at Fratton Park.

The visitors went ahead on 13 minutes when Andrei Arshavin's deep cross was met at the far post by Nicklas Bendtner, whose downward header was spilled by David James and rolled over the line.

Portsmouth almost snatched an equaliser when Peter Crouch played a one-two with Nadir Belhadj in the edge of the area, only to stab his shot just wide of the far post.

Arsenal doubled the lead four minutes before the break when Bendtner converted from the spot after Arshavin was tripped by Sean Davis inside the area.

It was 3-0 in the 56th minute as Arshavin’s shot was blocked by Hayden Mullins into the path of Carlos Vela, who lashed home a fine angled strike that flew past James.

Things got worse for the home side with 12 minutes left when Noé Pamarot was sent off as last man for hauling down Arshavin on the edge of the area.

Portsmouth v Arsenal goal & highlights

Elsewhere in Premier League on Saturday:

Man City
Manchester City logo
3 - 1
Blackburn Rovers logoBlackburn
Stoke logo
0 - 1
West Ham logoWest Ham
Tottenham Hotspur logo
1 - 0
West Bromwich Albion logoWest Brom
Wigan Athletic logo
0 - 0
Bolton logoBolton

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