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Five trends of the 2014-15 Premier League

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Arsenal moves into second behind Chelsea

LONDON -- Goals by Francesc Fabregas, Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie led Arsenal to a 3-0 victory Saturday over Blackburn, a win that moved the Gunners into second place behind Chelsea in the Premier League.

The victory -- Arsenal's 13th straight at home in the league -- gave the Gunners 26 points in 13 games.

"Even if we are a bit flat, we can always score goals -- and we know that," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, whose club has lost once in its last 46 home league games.

Chelsea played later Saturday at Portsmouth.

Newly promoted Wigan, which has been the surprise club of the season, lost its second straight match, going down 2-1 against Tottenham. Wigan had won six consecutive games before losing last weekend to Arsenal. Wigan slipped into third place and next plays at Liverpool.

In other games Saturday it was Aston Villa 1, Charlton 0; Liverpool 1, Manchester City 0, and Birmingham 1, Sunderland 0.

All games in Britain scheduled a minute of silence before kickoff to honor George Best, the former Manchester United star who died Friday at age 59. In at least two games -- at Wolverhampton and Glasgow Celtic -- fans broke into a minute's applause rather than remaining silent.

In the League Championship, leader Reading won 2-0 at Plymouth. Second-place Sheffield United lost 4-2 at Leicester. Reading leads with 50 points, with Sheffield United four behind.

Bundesliga

BERLIN -- Claudio Pizarro scored twice Saturday to lead Bayern Munich to a 2-1 win against Mainz, giving Bayern a six-point lead atop the Bundesliga.

Bayern had to survive a barrage of late chances from one of the league's smallest clubs. The home team looked lethargic after routing Rapid Vienna 4-0 in a midweek Champions League match.

"While we were pushing in the Champions League, Mainz was sitting home resting up," coach Felix Magath said. "You could see they were more agile, energetic."

Bayern ran its Bundesliga record start to 12-1-1.

A pair of goals by Kevin Kuranyi lifted Schalke to a 2-1 victory against second-place Werder Bremen, which struggled with its starting forwards injured.

Hamburger SV moved into second place with a 1-0 victory against Bayer Leverkusen on a day when heavy snow hit Germany, forcing many players to don gloves. Traffic chaos led to the postponement of the Duisburg-Cologne match.

Borussia Dortmund's young team climbed to fifth place with a 2-1 win over Nuremberg. Goals by David Odonkor and Nuri Sahin spoiled Hans Meyer's debut as Nuremberg coach.

Wolfgang Wolf also was unsuccessful in his first match, leading last-place Kaiserslautern to a 5-1 defeat by Hannover 96. Wolfsburg and Bielefeld tied 0-0.

Scottish Premier League

GLASGOW, Scotland -- Scottish Premier League leader Celtic suffered a surprise loss Saturday, falling 1-0 to last-place Dunfermline.

Celtic stayed in first place with 38 points, while Hearts scored on a last-minute penalty to tie 1-1 at Motherwell and improve to 37 points.

In other results Saturday, it was: Aberdeen 2, Falkirk 1; Inverness 1, Dundee United 1; Kilmarnock 3, Livingston 0.

Dunfermline, which broke a seven-game losing streak, got the winning goal in the 17th minute from defender Greg Ross.

Defending champion Rangers is at Hibernian on Sunday.