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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Saints Crush Manachester United, 6-3

LONDON -- An astonishing afternoon in the English premier league ended with Arsenal top of the table, Manchester United conceding six, and Chelsea marking the death of Matthew Harding with an emotion-fueled win over Spurs.


Former Arsenal manager George Graham made an unhappy return to Highbury as his new team Leeds slumped to a 3-0 defeat. Goals from Lee Dixon, after just 44 seconds, Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp (five minutes) and Ian Wright (56 minutes) gave Arsenal victory.


The Gunners went top on goal difference as Newcastle slumped 2-0 at Leicester.


Steve Claridge put Leicester ahead after 17 minutes but was carried off on a stretcher after a heavy challenge from Newcastle's David Batty after 54 minutes. Emile Heskey added Leicester's second 11 minutes from time.


Manchester United crashed 6-3 at Southampton, whose season has been transformed by their recent overseas signings: Eyal Berkovic from Israel, Egil Ostenstadt from Norway and Ulrich von Gobbel of the Netherlands.


Ostendtadt scored a hat-trick, Berkovic got two and Matt Le Tissier scored the other as the Saints destroyed the champions who played for almost 70 minutes with only 10 men after Roy Keane was sent off for two bookable offenses.


David Beckham (41), David May (56) and Paul Scholes (89) scored for United.


Despite Graham's return to Arsenal and United conceding six at Southampton, there was more visible emotion at Stamford Bridge than at any other ground.


But the atmosphere at the Bridge was a subdued one following the death of Harding, Chelsea's 42-year-old multi-millionaire benefactor, on Tuesday.


Before the kickoff, wreaths and a pint of Guinness -- Harding's favorite drink -- were placed in the center-circle and the Chelsea players also laid a special wreath in front of the new north stand which Harding's money helped build and which now bears his name.


The fans of both clubs observed a minute's silence before the kickoff and both sets of players wore black armbands as a mark of respect.


Player-manager Ruud Gullit put Chelsea ahead after 27 minutes and although Spurs' Chris Armstrong leveled four minutes from the break, David Lee, with a 52nd-minute penalty, and Roberto Di Matteo with an 80th-minute clincher, brought the Blues the three points.