Henry scores four as Arsenal demolish Leeds

Associated Press

London, April 17:

Thierry Henry’s four goals demolished Leeds 5-0 on Friday, leaving the Gunners unbeaten in the league and needing a maximum of two victories to clinch the Premier League title.

The victory kept Arsenal unbeaten in 33 league games and leading second-place Chelsea by 10 points and Manchester United by 13. Arsenal has matches remaining at Tottenham on April 25 followed by Birmingham, Fulham, Leicester and Portsmouth. Leeds has four games left and is facing relegation. Wolves are in last place with 25 points topped by Leicester (28) and Leeds (32).

Henry swung into action after French teammate Robert Pires gave Arsenal a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute, scoring from 18 yards coming down the left side. Leeds played well briefly, but Henry ended that spell when he scored his first in the 27th, breaking from midfield as he got behind Michael Duberry and then left-footed the ball behind goalkeeper Paul Robinson. He got his next, converting a penalty after Duberry handled the ball in the area for a 3-0 lead. The third came in the 50th, chipping in a right-footed shot from 18 yards. And he topped it off with his best of the night, a pitch-long run that ended when he beat Robinson. In Saturday’s match, Steve Stone fired Portsmouth to a stunning 1-0 victory over Manchester United to ease Harry Redknapp’s relegation worries and stop the Reds catching second place Chelsea.

Stone scored in the 36th minute and then Redknapp’s men successfully kept an off-form United at bay to capture three points.