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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Arsenal Storms 'Castle Takes Over Premier Lead

LONDON -- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised his team's fighting spirit after they defied the odds to beat Newcastle 2-1 and replace Kevin Keegan's side at the top of the premier league.

The London side was reduced to 10 men for the second successive match after skipper Tony Adams was sent off for grappling with England teammate Alan Shearer midway through the first half.

Arsenal survived an almost constant bombardment from the league leaders to escape with three points after Ian Wright grabbed what proved to be the winner after an hour.

Shearer, who had scored in every home league match he has played for Newcastle, maintained that record with Newcastle's equalizer after 21 minutes.

A Robbie Earle goal gave Wimbledon a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest while Manchester United had a 3-1 win over Leicester who had beaten a weakened United side 2-0 in the League Cup on Wednesday.

A full-strength United took 75 minutes to break down Leicester's resilience with Nicky Butt scoring. Norwegian Ole Solskjaer and Butt added two more in the last five minutes.


Bayern Munich won a psychological battle in the German league title race with a 1-1 draw at VfB Stuttgart.

Stuttgart needed an 80th-minute goal from Dutch captain Frank Verlaat to save the match after Bayern took an early lead on a penalty.

In the mainly bad-tempered match, the home side had to play the last nine minutes with 10 men after midfielder Gerhard Poschner was sent off for seemingly complaining at the referee.

Bayern lost the top spot in the Bundesliga to Bayer Leverkusen which beat Cologne, 4-2.

(For other results, see Scorecard.)