Chelsea beats Arsenal to remain five points ahead

Soccer

November 30, 2009

Didier Drogba scored twice as Chelsea maintained its five-point Premier League lead with a 3-0 victory at Arsenal on Sunday, while Liverpool's monthlong search for a league win ended with a 2-0 victory over Everton.

Drogba scored toward the end of each half to give him 10 goals in nine games against Arsenal, and defender Thomas Vermaelen turned the ball into his own net at rain-soaked Emirates Stadium in London.

Chelsea leads Manchester United by five points and Tottenham by nine. After a second straight loss, Arsenal is a point further behind for the fourth Champions League spot, with Liverpool two points behind after Joseph Yobo's own-goal and Dirk Kuyt's late strike settled the 212th Merseyside derby at Everton.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four minutes after coming on as a substitute, and Barcelona beat Real Madrid 1-0 in the highly anticipated Spanish "clasico" match. Barcelona (30 points) overtook Madrid (28) to lead the standings.

•FIFA president Sepp Blatter told L'Equipe it wasn't Thierry Henry's responsibility to tell the referee he handled the ball before the goal that gave France a World Cup berth at Ireland's expense. "The referee should have taken the time to reflect rather than immediately awarding the goal," he said.

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