Arsenal maintained their hold at the top of the Premier League table on Sunday with a 6-1 win at Cardiff City.

England star Kelly Smith netted the Ladies' first from the spot after Lianne Sanderson was brought down in the box. Katie Chapman and Rachel Yankey also contributed to the scoresheet before Arsenal conceded for only the second time in the league this season.

The champions led 3-1 at the interval and were soon out of sight in the second half when Chapman added her second of the game and Sanderson grabbed a brace to take her tally for the season to 20 goals.

Arsenal have a five-point advantage over Leeds United. The teams are yet to meet in the Premier League this season and will contest the League Cup Final at Scunthorpe FC on Sunday, March 4.

Vic Akers' side will not play again until February 4 when they welcome Reading Royals to Meadow Park in the Fifth Round of the FA Women's Cup. The week's break is a result of England's participation in the Four Nations Cup in China. Eight of the Arsenal squad will be involved in the tournament.

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21 Jan 2007