Arsenal held to a goalless draw

London, April 10:

Arsenal stretched their winless streak to four games after being held to a 0-0 draw at Newcastle in the Premier League on Monday.

Arsenal, who had lost their previous three games, lost for the first time in the league at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, falling to West Ham 1-0. The Gunners have never lost four straight games under manager Arsene Wenger. The draw kept Arsenal in fourth place, four points behind Liverpool. United lead the league with 78 points, only three more than Chelsea.

Portsmouth lost to last-place Watford 4-2, only two days after beating league leader Manchester United. Also, it was: Aston Villa 1, Wigan 1; Bolton 1, Everton 1; Fulham 1, Manchester City 3 and Charlton 0, Reading 0.

Matthew Taylor gave Portsmouth the lead in the 16th minute, but Watford scored the next four goals. Hameur Bouazza equalized for Watford in the 27th and Mahon put the hosts ahead with a hard volley from outside the box in the 45th. Tamas Priskin gave Watford a 3-1 lead in the 51st and Bouazza scored another off his own rebound in the 72nd. Arnold Mvuemba scored for Portsmouth in the 81st.

Watford remained in last place with 23 points. Portsmouth stayed in the top half of the standings, five points behind Everton for a place in European competition. Bolton held on to fifth place with its 1-1 draw against Everton. Kevin Davies put Bolton up in the 18th, but James Vaughan equalised for Everton in the 33rd.

Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the equaliser in the 50th minute against visiting Wigan. Emile Heskey had given the visitors the lead in the 20th minute off a corner from Denny Landzaat. Wigan remain three points ahead of Sheffield United in the relegation battle.

Joey Barton, DaMarcus Beasley and Darius Vassell all scored in Man City’s win at Fulham. Barton scored in the 21st and then set up Beasley in the 36th. Vassell scored the third in the 59th. Carlos Bocanegra got one back for Fulham in the 76th. Manchester City has won its last three games on the road and is now six points clear of relegation.

At Charlton, the Addicks had the best opportunity of the day, a fifth-minute header by Talal El Karkouri that hit the crossbar and bounced down on the line before Reading keeper Marcus Hahnemann could cover it.

The result extended Charlton’s unbeaten streak to six, but left it in 17th place, a point ahead of Sheffield United.

Reading consolidated their hold on ninth place, improving to 45 points, four ahead of Newcastle in 10th and one behind Portsmouth in eighth.