A first half Dennis Bergkamp (above right) strike was the margin in Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle at Highbury earlier today, closing the gap on leaders Chelsea (3-0 winners at Portsmouth Saturday) to 8 points and leapfrogging Manchester United into 2nd place in the Premiership.

Afterwards, much of the talk surrounded the status of Newcastle striker Craig Bellamy, who seems to be driving manager Graeme Souness to distraction, much as he did Bobby Robson previously.

In the Coca Cola Championship, QPR spoiled Micky Adams’ first match in charge of struggling Coventry, winning 2-1 on a hotly contested 90th minute goal by George Santos(above) at Highfield Road yesterday. Said result, Rangers’ 2nd consecutive win, moves them into 7th place, just outside of the final playoff spot on goal differential.