That’s how they used to refer to matters. Nothing so clinical as calculating Goal Average, Goal Difference (probably because that was three seasons away yet) or Goals Scored. Arsenal were “level top“.
In truth, Arsenal were in second place following this win, a position they had occupied since defeat at The Hawthorns had knocked them off the top spot a month previously. It was a position they would occupy until the end of the season, finishing three points behind the Champions, Liverpool. 1972-73 was the last genuine title challenge the club would make for sixteen seasons.