Walsh Defuses Arsenal In Injury-Time Drama

LONDON -- England striker Teddy Sheringham scored his first goal for Manchester United as the reigning champion won, 2-0, at Everton to draw level on points with premier league leaders Blackburn.


But the biggest drama of the night came at Leicester where championship contender Arsenal was involved in a 3-3 draw which saw three goals in injury time, a hat-trick from Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp and problems after the final whistle.


Sheringham, who moved to Old Trafford from Tottenham for nearly $6 million in June, struck home a left-footed shot in the 51st minute to clinch the victory after David Beckham had given United the lead with a first-half header.


Second-placed United is now level on points with Blackburn which leads on goal difference after thrashing Sheffield Wednesday 7-2 on Monday.


Arsenal and Leicester are third and fourth respectively, two points behind after their intense encounter in the Midlands.


The London club seemed to be heading for a comfortable 2-0 away win with seven minutes remaining after World Cup striker Bergkamp struck a brilliant long-range goal in the ninth minute and added a second in the 61st.


But Leicester drew level to 2-2 with goals from Emile Heskey and Matt Elliott, the second in the 90th minute.


After Bergkamp appeared to have scored the winner three minutes into injury time, Leicester defender Steve Walsh went forward to head in the equalizer two minutes later to protect the home side's unbeaten record. Many of the fans were surprised that so much injury time was played. The final whistle saw angry scenes with Arsenal's controversial striker Ian Wright, who had been substituted, involved in a confrontation on the pitch with Walsh.


Wright, who has been in trouble throughout his career for physical and verbal abuse of opponents and officials, could be in serious trouble with the England football authorities because of the incident.


The 33-year-old forward was told by the England Football Association in July that he would face a long ban if his bad behavior continued.


Arsenal, which has put together an impressive team this season under coach Arsene Wenger was unlucky not to get the three points which would have also have taken it level with Blackburn.


The London club played some impressive attacking football. Bergkamp's opening goal was superb. The Dutchman curled the ball from the edge of the area into the top right-hand corner.


West Ham moved up to fifth, one point behind Arsenal and Leicester, after a 1-1 draw at Coventry.


England international striker Les Ferdinand scored twice for his new club Tottenham in its 3-2 home defeat of Aston Villa.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)