Arsenal win to keep up title challenge

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Arsenal overcame a brief Blackpool fight-back to win 3-1 at Bloomfield Road and close the gap on Manchester United to seven points at the top of the English Premier League Sunday.

Arsenal, who fielded 41-year-old Jens Lehmann in goal for the first time in three years as an emergency stand-in for Manuel Almunia, were 2-0 up after 21 minutes thanks to goals from Abou Diaby and Emmanuel Eboue.

Blackpool replied after 52 minutes when Gary Taylor-Fletcher scored after the referee waved play on despite Lehmann bringing down DJ Campbell in the penalty area.

Although they had other chances, the seaside strugglers failed to find the equaliser. —Supersport