posted on Mar, 20 2004 @ 01:14 PM
leaders Arsenal equalled the record of 29 games for the longest unbeaten start to an English top-flight season on Saturday.The Gunners' clash with
Bolton at Highbury was delayed 15 minutes because of high winds, but superb goals from Robert Pires (16) and Dennis Bergkamp (24) soon put them 2-0
Ivan Campo pulled one back after 41 minutes, and Arsene Wenger's side had a few uncomfortable moments in the second half. But the Gunners held on to
join the Leeds and Liverpool sides of 1973-74 and 1987-88 respectively in the record books.
Ryan Giggs impressed as Manchester United secured a much-needed victory with a 3-0 success over Tottenham at Old Trafford.After crashing out of the
Champions League and losing 4-1 to rivals Manchester City, third-placed United were anxious to get back to winning ways.
Chelsea, Arsenal's closest rivals, remained second after a 2-1 win in a hard-fought west London derby against Fulham at Stamford Bridge.Eidur
Gudjohnsen took advantage of poor Fulham defending to give Chelsea the lead with a powerful strike from 20 yards after seven minutes.
Goals were not hard to come by at the Riverside, where Middlesbrough edged a thrilling encounter with Birmingham 5-3.Boro took the lead with a superb
strike from Spanish international Gaizka Mendieta after five minutes and grabbed a second through Massimo Maccarone (21).Mikael Forssell pulled one
back almost immediately, and Mark Schwarzer tipped a Stan Lazaridis header on to the bar. But Boro restored a two-goal cushion through Gareth
Southgate (30).Clinton Morrison netted another for City on the stroke of half-time, but Maccarone made it 4-2 almost straightaway. Forssell's second
gave Blues hope after 59 minutes, but Szilard Nemeth put the result beyond doubt.
Blackburn also enjoyed victory as goals from Garry Flitcroft and Jon Stead saw off Aston Villa 2-0.Flitcroft opened the scoring against the run of
play on 26 minutes after Brett Emerton robbed Olof Mellberg on 26 minutes. Former Huddersfield forward Stead added the second 10 minutes later.
Marcus Bent grabbed a late equaliser as Leicester earned a 1-1 draw with 10-man Everton at the Walkers Stadium.Everton had Duncan Ferguson sent off
late in the first half for a second bookable offence after a couple of scuffles but the Foxes struggled to capitalise.Everton looked set to take the
points when Wayne Rooney struck his fourth goal in as many games 15 minutes from time. But Bent, who had an earlier goal disallowed, had the final
Sami Hyypia headed a late winner against Wolves at Anfield as Liverpool boosted their chances of claiming fourth place.Wolves provided tough
opposition and looked set to take a vital point off Gerard Houllier's side.But the Reds won a late corner and snatched victory 1-0 when Hyypia rose to
turn the ball home.