Chelsea stays on top

, Last Updated: 2:58 PM ET

LONDON (AP) -- League-leading Chelsea dominated again Saturday, beating Fulham 4-1 while slumping Arsenal recorded its first league victory in three weeks, rallying to down north London rival Tottenham 5-4.

Fulham briefly threatened Chelsea, tying it 1-1 on Papa Bouba Diop's goal in the 57th minute at Fulham's Craven Cottage stadium in west London. The league goal was only the fourth Chelsea has yielded this season.

But the Blues bounced back with goals from Arjen Robben, William Gallas and Cardoso Tiago for the lopsided victory.

Out for three months with a knee injury, the Dutch winger Robben has lifted Chelsea since he made his team debut just two weeks ago.

"(Robben) has a winning attitude, but his ambition is even bigger," Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said. "Since he has been playing, the team has improved a lot.

"I think this win was important for us because there were a lot of people in the country waiting to see what answer we would give under pressure," added the manager.

Thierry Henry, Lauren, Patrick Vieira, Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pires rallied Arsenal for the victory at archrival Tottenham, giving the Gunners their first league victory in four games.

The league victory was the first for the Gunners since Manchester United snapped their record unbeaten string of 49 league games three weeks ago.

The winless slide cost the defending champions first place, which Chelsea took over a week ago.

In a classic matchup at White Hart Lane, the attacking was wide open and the defending abysmal. By giving up four goals, Arsenal yielded as many as Chelsea has in all of its league games this season.

"Usually derbies are nil-nil or completely crazy," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "This was a completely crazy one.

"It's terrible how quickly that (confidence) goes," he added. "I don't feel that we have lost our confidence going forward, but we have lost a bit of our confidence defending."

Chelsea leads the Premier League with 32 points followed by Arsenal (30), Everton (26), Bolton (22), Aston Villa (21) and Liverpool (20). At the bottom, Norwich (8) is topped by Blackburn (9) and West Brom (9).

In other Premier League games Saturday, it was: Birmingham City 0, Everton 1; Bolton 1, Aston Villa 2; Charlton 4, Norwich 0; Liverpool 3, Crystal Palace 2; Manchester City 1, Blackburn 1; Southampton 2, Portsmouth 1.

Everton played at Birmingham in a late game.

On Sunday it's Newcastle versus Manchester United and West Brom against Middlesbrough.

Third-place Everton continued to be the surprise of English soccer, beating Birmingham 1-0 on Thomas Gravesen's penalty in the 69th. The win came a day after manager David Moyes signed a new contract to stay with the club through the 2008-09 season.

Tottenham took a 1-0 lead in the 37th when defender Noureddine Naybet chipped in a free kick from Michael Carrick and Henry tied it just before halftime.

It got wild in the second half with seven goals. Arsenal's Lauren and Vieira made it 3-1. Spurs' Jermain Defoe narrowed it to 3-2 in the 61st.

Arsenal's Ljungberg increased the lead to two goals in the 69th. Spurs' Ledley King made it a one-goal margin again on a header in the 74th, only to see substitute Pires score the clincher in the 81st. Spurs' Freddie Kanoute scored in the 88th.

It was Tottenham's fifth straight league defeat.

Czech striker Milan Baros scored all three goals for Liverpool -- two on penalties -- in the 3-2 win over Palace.

In Southampton's victory, Portsmouth went ahead 1-0 in the 12th on an own-goal by Claus Lundekvam. Dexter Blackstock tied it in the 18th with the winner from Kevin Phillips in the 71st.

Thomas Hitzlsperger scored in the 89th to give Villa its 2-1 come-from-behind victory at Bolton.

Charlton broke loose for four goals -- two from Jonatan Johansson -- in beating Norwich 4-0.

Antoine Sibierski gave Man City a 1-0 lead in first-half injury time with Paul Dickov tyring it on a penalty for Blackburn in the 78th.


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