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Arsenal glides past Charlton in shutout

EUROPEAN FOOTBALL The Gunners blanked Charlton 4-0 following a pair of goals by Thierry Henry and one each by strikers Freddie Ljungberg and Jose Antonio Reyes

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Betis's Fernando, right, jumps for the ball with Valencia's Baraja during their match at the Ruiz de Lopera Stadium in Seville.

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Thierry Henry scored twice Saturday as Arsenal easily beat Charlton 4-0 to extend its unbeaten Premier League streak to 48 matches and bounce back from alleged team disunity.

Freddie Ljungberg and Jose Antonio Reyes added the other goals at Highbury.

The display was a marked turnaround from the Arsenal side that drew 1-1 at Norway's Rosenborg in the Champions League on Wednesday.

After that match, captain Patrick Vieira and defender Lauren confronted each other on the team bus -- causing police to be called. Both started Saturday.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had dismissed the scuffle as a "minor incident" and said it showed the team cared about its form.

"Overall we played collectively well with a great spirit after there was a question mark over the unity of our spirit in the camp, and they gave the right response on the pitch," Wenger said.

Olof Mellberg scored an 80th-minute equalizer for Villa in a seesaw match. Juan Pablo Angel took the lead for Villa, Barry Ferguson equalized before Brett Emerton put Blackburn ahead again.

It was a similar scene at Norwich. Portsmouth went ahead twice, through Aiyegbeni Yakubu and Patrik Berger, but the Canaries came back each time through Darren Huckerby and Simon Charlton.

Tottenham ended Everton's seven-match unbeaten run. French defender Noe Pamarot headed in the goal in the 53rd minute after Everton had dominated the match.

Manchester City wasted numerous chances to score as Southampton held it to a 0-0 draw.

West Brom became the first promoted team to win a match this season.

Spanish League

Italy striker Marco Di Vaio scored his fifth goal of the season as Valencia drew 1-1 with Real Betis and moved a point clear in the Spanish league.

The draw at Betis' Manuel Ruiz de Lopera Stadium maintained the defending champion's unbeaten start through six matches, although it gave FC Barcelona the chance to go top if it beats Numancia today.

In Saturday's late game, Atletico Madrid missed an opportunity to move into third place after losing to host Real Sociedad 1-0.

Striker Darko Kovacevic scored just before halftime to give Sociedad its first victory of the season, which lifted it off the bottom of the standings.

Atletico, which hasn't won a league visit to Sociedad since 1991, had an unhappy time again on its way to its second defeat of the season.

Kovacevic gave the Basque team its first three points when he headed home from a cross by former Russian international Valery Karpin in the 41st for his first goal this season.

Bundesliga

Michael Ballack scored a goal and sent tempers flaring by breaking an opponent's nose as Bayern beat Werder Bremen 2-1 in the seventh round of league action.

While most of the attention centered on the showdown between two of the league's best teams, unheralded VfL Wolfsburg edged Moenchengladbach to remain top of the table.

Argentine midfielder Andres D'Allesandro scored in the 13th minute and Stefan Schnoor in the 43rd as the club, owned by Volkswagen, ran its record to 6-1-0 to move four points clear at the top of the table.

Ballack accidentally elbowed defender Frank Fahrenhorst in the nose and sent him to the hospital in the second minute of the heated Bayern-Bremen match.

With 42,100 spectators booing the Bayern star at every chance afterwards, the match fast became physical. Several scuffles erupted and five yellow players were booked in the first half hour.

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