Abou Diaby headed Arsenal to a 1-0 victory over Liverpool on Wednesday to maintain Arsene Wenger’s slim Premier League title hopes.
Diaby scored the 72nd minute winner from a cross by Tomas Rosicky to keep his side in control of third place in the standings. Ryan Babel almost equalized near the end but his shot was pushed onto the bar by goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.
Arsenal went into the game on a poor run of just one point from three games _ a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa and defeats to Manchester United and Chelsea.
Saha’s double sinks Chelsea
LIVERPOOL: Louis Saha scored two and missed a penalty as Chelsea were forced to endure a night to forget as Everton came from behind to win 2-1 at Goodison Park on Wednesday.
French striker Saha managed to get in front of captain John Terry to head a 33rd minute equaliser which cancelled out Florent Malouda’s opener.
Saha then recovered from missing a penalty to hit a 75th minute winner after Terry had failed to cut out a long pass by Leighton Baines as Everton marked manager David Moyes’s 300th league match in charge in style.
Having swatted Arsenal without complication at the weekend, Chelsea arrived on Merseyside protecting a 10-match unbeaten league run, having picked up 22 points since losing at Manchester City in December.
Nani sees red as United stay second
BIRMINGHAM: Sir Alex Ferguson has defended Nani this season but his patience will have been tested by the Portuguese’s red card in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw against Aston Villa.
Nani’s dismissal at Villa Park on Wednesday cost champions United the chance of toppling leaders Chelsea.
Just after Nani produced his finest United display at Arsenal two games ago the winger will have infuriated Ferguson for the crude lunge on Stiliyan Petrov in the first half that was always going to leave the visitors facing an uphill battle.
Carlos Cuellar had headed Villa in front with the club’s first home league goal of 2010 before James Collins’s unfortunate own goal hauled United level.
But then Nani was dismissed for his moment of madness on Petrov — and he will now miss the League Cup Final against Villa.
Balotelli keeps Inter milan on course
Rome: Italian champions Inter Milan extended their lead at the summit to nine points after substitute Mario Balotelli struck a second-half equaliser to earn them a 1-1 draw at Parma.
Parma, who have slipped down the table after a strong start to the season, took the lead early in the second half through on-loan Man City forward Valeri Bojinov. Balotelli was introduced from the bench in response and he slammed home the equaliser barely two minutes after coming on.