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Man United Falls From First Place

October 1, 2000

LONDON (AP) _ Manchester United lost for the first time this season, and the defending champions were knocked from the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 loss at Arsenal on Sunday.

Leicester moved into first place, playing to a 0-0 tie at Sunderland.

The lone goal in the Arsenal-United game came on an acrobatic shot by Thierry Henry in the 30th minute. With his back to the goal just outside the penalty box, the French star took a pass from Gilles Grimandi, flicked the ball in the air and swatted it past four defenders.

``I just wanted to control that ball well, to turn and to shoot,″ Henry said. ``That’s what I needed.″

Struggling Chelsea gave new coach Claudio Ranieri his first league victory and held Michael Owen scoreless in a 3-0 home win over Liverpool.

In the Scottish Premier League, league-leader Celtic lost its perfect season in its ninth game, playing to a 1-1 tie at Aberdeen.

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