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Arsenal 4 West Ham 0 By Bill Pierce, PA Sport
Dennis Bergkamp can't fly but as he led Arsenal to the top of the league in a
four-goal romp that humiliated West Ham, the Dutch striker showed once again
that he is the nearest thing to Superman in the Premiership.
On a night when Arsenal celebrated Ian Wright's record-busting achievements,
presenting him with a golden boot and a guard of honour, it was still Bergkamp -
the man who dare not set foot on an aeroplane - who soared over proceedings at a
ground where legends have been created.
His Holland team-mate Marc Overmars scored twice and Wright rattled in his
181st for the Gunners with a generously awarded penalty - all in the space of
seven explosive minutes at the end of the first half.
But Bergkamp was the man who started the spree with an exquisite touch and a
deft finish in the 11th minute and if the fates smiled more kindly on his
dazzling array of skills - the full range of them unveiled on a classic night of
Arsenal's sophistication - he would have collected at least a hat-trick to match
the trio he landed at Leicester last month.
Arsenal: Seaman, Dixon (Grimandi 15), Winterburn (Platt 45),
Vieira, Bould, Adams, Wright (Anelka 65), Bergkamp, Overmars,
Subs Not Used: Manninger, Boa Morte.
Goals: Bergkamp 12, Overmars 39, 45, Wright 42 pen.
West Ham: Miklosko, Breacker, Unsworth, Bishop, Hartson, Lomas,
Dowie, Ferdinand (Potts 81), Lazaridis, Lampard, Pearce.
Subs Not Used: Rowland, Forrest, Hodges, Coyne.
Booked: Dowie, Lampard, Lomas, Unsworth.
Ref: P E Alcock (Redhill).