London: Thierry Henry scored three times as Arsenal beat 10-man West Ham 3-1 in the Premier League on Sunday.
Henry’s first was a 14 minute penalty — awarded when Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires fell after being cut on the inside by Steve Lomas, who was then sent off.
West Ham equalized in the 40th minute through Jermain Defoe. Henry headed the second in the 71st minute from a Dennis Bergkamp cross. His third, four minutes from time, was from a Pires cross.
It was Henry’s second hat-trick of the season.
Arsenal have 49 points, five more than Manchester United. Newcastle is third with 42 points, with a game in hand.
Meanwhile, England and Liverpool striker Michael Owen admitted on Sunday to “occasional” gambling but said his losses were nowhere near the millions reported.
The Sunday Mirror claimed Owen had spent £2.2 million betting on horse racing and soccer over the past three years.