Arsenal have gained the higher hand within the race for a prime 4 end as soon as once more, however there may be nonetheless work to do if Mikel Arteta’s facet are to qualify for the Champions League.
The Gunners were 3-1 victors against Manchester United on the Emirates Stadium, with targets from Nuno Tavares, Bukayo Saka and Granit Xhaka main them to 3 factors. Tottenham Hotspur had an opportunity to maneuver again above them on aim distinction with a win at Brentford, however might solely handle a goalless draw and survived a late scare when Ivan Toney headed towards the publish.
United’s defeat in north London left interim supervisor Ralf Rangnick conceding his facet can all however wave goodbye to their hopes of a prime 4 end, with the six-point hole to Arsenal trying unassailable. On Sunday, in the meantime, a dramatic late win for Chelsea towards West Ham meant it will likely be robust for each Arsenal and Spurs to catch the Blues.
With simply 4 video games left for United, and 5 for the 2 north London sides, Mirror Soccer takes a more in-depth have a look at the groups battling it out to complete fourth.
After three defeats on the spin threatened to derail Arsenal’s bid for a prime 4 end, successive victories have seen issues swing again of their favour. Eddie Nketiah’s return has been an enormous issue, with the striker netting twice in a win at Chelsea, whereas the win on Saturday gave them back-to-back victories for the primary time in additional than a month.
Subsequent up for Arsenal is a visit to West Ham, whose personal prime 4 hopes had been dealt what is perhaps a deadly blow by Christian Pulisic’s late winner for Chelsea. The Hammers are anticipated to be with no senior centre-back for the sport, although, with Craig Dawson suspended and Angelo Ogbonna, Kurt Zouma and Issa Diop all injured.
After that comes one other house sport, with Leeds United visiting the Emirates Stadium, adopted by what may very well be a large North London Derby on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Arteta’s facet will then spherical off the season with a visit to Newcastle United and a house assembly with an Everton facet who may very well be combating for his or her lives after dropping into the underside three this weekend.
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After failing to climb again above Arsenal in Saturday’s late kick-off, Spurs will look to get again on monitor after a worrying couple of weekends. The Brentford draw was an enchancment on a house defeat towards Brighton, nevertheless it nonetheless represented two successive video games with no aim.
Like their neighbours, Spurs’ subsequent sport is towards a workforce with European commitments both facet of the league fixture. Leicester Metropolis are up towards Roma of their Europa Convention League semi-final, and Conte might hope that sport stays delicately poised when the Foxes come to London.
Might 7 brings the hardest check on paper, with a visit to title-chasing Liverpool, after which they may know the precise lay of the land going into the derby. Conte’s males spherical off the season towards two strugglers – Norwich would possibly already be down earlier than the ultimate day assembly at Carrow Highway, however earlier than that there’s a house sport towards a Burnley facet dreaming of security after climbing out of the underside three with a 3rd win in 5 video games.
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Man Utd midfielder Scott McTominay admitted the ultimate few video games are all about satisfaction for Ralf Rangnick’s facet after Saturday’s defeat. “Going out on the pitch and exhibiting a little bit of balls in your performances and never shying away from the ball or not doing every little thing proper,” the Scot mentioned.
Issues could be robust for Rangnick’s males even with out the 2 sides above them assembly on Might 12. Nevertheless, with that additional sport in Arsenal and Spurs’ favour, the duty for United turns into even harder.
The gamers can present incoming supervisor Erik ten Hag what they’re able to within the quartet of video games, starting with a sport towards Chelsea at Previous Trafford on Thursday. United are at house once more subsequent weekend, welcoming in-form Brentford, earlier than rounding out the marketing campaign with away video games towards Brighton and Crystal Palace.
Arsenal fixtures: West Ham (a), Leeds (h), Tottenham (a), Newcastle (a), Everton (h).
Tottenham fixtures: Leicester (h), Liverpool (a), Arsenal (h), Burnley (h), Norwich (a).
Man Utd fixtures: Chelsea (h), Brentford (h), Brighton (a), Crystal Palace (a).