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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Arsenal Shakes Rows To Topple Sheffield

LONDON -- Ian Wright scored a hat trick in the second half to reach a career league total of 100 goals as Arsenal rallied for a 4-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.


The result prevented Wednesday, which played the last 30 minutes with 10 men, from returning to the top of the Premier League standings.


It was a morale-boosting win for Arsenal, which was rocked by Stewart Houston's resignation as caretaker manager last week and captain Tony Adams' admission over the weekend that he suffers from alcoholism.


Earlier, before the Monday night contest, Frenchman Arsene Wenger was confirmed as Arsenal's new manager. He will take over the club at the end of the month.


Andy Booth gave visiting Sheffield Wednesday a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute with a left-foot touch past goalkeeper David Seaman that bounced off the right post and into the net.


But Arsenal dominated play in the second half, with French midfielder Patrick Vieira coming on as a substitute and providing the spark in his debut for the Gunners. David Platt scored the equalizer off a centering pass from John Harston in the 57th minute.


The momentum changed completely in the 62nd minute when Paul Merson was brought down in the penalty area by Wednesday defender Des Walker, who was sent off for the first time in his career for his second yellow card of the night.


Wright converted the penalty for 2-1, and with Wednesday reduced to 10 men, Arsenal pressed the attack.


Wright poked in his second goal in the 79th minute after a cross from Lee Dixon, then got his third in the 90th with a flick from right in front of the goal.


That brought Wright's career total to 100, making him Arsenal's leading post-war goal scorer.


Wednesday, the early league leader, could have returned to the top of the standings with a victory. But the heavy defeat dropped the club to fifth, while Arsenal moved from mid-table to seventh.