Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor enjoys his 11th goal ofthe season [AFP] Eduardo da Silva scored his fifth goal in three games to help Arsenal to a 2-0 win over West Ham that kept the Gunners top of the Premier League.
With second-place Manchester United beating Birmingham 1-0, Eduardo and Emmanuel Adebayor scored to keep Arsenal two points ahead of the defending champions.Chelsea stayed third with a 2-1 win at Fulham, while Everton and Portsmouth also won on New Year's Day.Arsenal lost twice to West Ham last season but was on its way to completing a pair of victories in this campaign when Cesc Fabregas set up Eduardo for the opening goal in the second minute.The Spain midfielder chipped a pass into the area and Eduardo controlled the ball on his chest and volleyed it into the net, adding to the two goals he scored against Everton on Saturday.The Croatia striker has not been a regular pick this season, but he may be now. He also scored two goals two weeks ago in a League Cup win at Blackburn.West Ham's Anton Ferdinand had an effort cleared off the line by Gael Clichy and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia saved from former Arsenal midfielder Fredrik Ljungberg, but Arsenal went 2-0 ahead in the 18th.Adebayor got past West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green and scored off the post from a narrow angle.Arsenal moved to 50 points from 21 games, two more than United, which gave up the lead on Saturday when it lost 1-0 at West Ham.
Tevez keeps United in touch
In the day's late game, Aston Villa defender Martin Laursen struck the winner with five minutes remaining after Jermaine Defoe had levelled the scores eight minutes earlier.
Aston Villa had gone ahead thanks to a first half goal to Olef Mellberg as Spurs problems from set pieces continued.