Arsenal followed up their win over Chelsea in the middle of the week with a 3-1 loss to Manchester United at home to move up to fourth place, ahead of Tottenham Hotspur who could only draw 0-0 away against Brentford in the second game of the day.
Nuno Tavares put Arsenal ahead early in the game and Bukayo Saka doubled his lead from the penalty spot.
Slaka United finally woke up with Cristiano Ronaldo sweeping in Nemanja Matic’s pass and they missed a chance to equalize when Bruno Fernandes hit the post from the penalty spot before Granit Xhaka provided the home side with a thunderous shot in the 70th minute.
“This is a great performance in a game that had it all. “We created opportunities, we had to suffer, there were moments when we lacked energy and they were on top, we were diligent in the puzzles, we were lucky,” said Mikel Arteta, Arsenal manager.
“It will be a roller coaster today, it went in our favor.
The victory put Arsenal in fourth place, two points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who were weak in a stalemate in Brentford, which Ivan Toney was twice denied due to the woodwork.
Manchester United, who are in sixth place, announced earlier this week that Erik ten Hag will be their new manager, lost their fourth consecutive away defeat in the league and their chances of qualifying for the Champions League are diminishing.
“For me even before the game it was not very likely, but after today’s results it is gone, yes,” said interim manager Ralf Rangnick, who is facing a difficult task in his last four games.
The title fight is predicted to go down completely and Man City made sure that they kept a slight advantage when they swept Watford aside at the Etihad Stadium.
Jesus scored twice in the first 24 minutes to put City ahead, but Watford briefly threatened to make a game of it when French defender Hassane Kamara reduced the lead by half.
A brilliant shot from Spanish international Rodri regained City’s two – goal lead in the 34th minute before Jesus completed his first hat-trick of the English Premier League early in the second half after converting from a penalty.
The 25-year-old struck his fourth goal in the 53rd minute after a Kevin De Bruyne pass to finish the game and City took off the gas before the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday against Real Madrid.
City have 80 points after 33 games, while Liverpool have 76 points after fewer games. Watford are in 19th place, seven points from the safety zone.
“We have one month left in the season, we need players like Gabriel,” said City manager Pep Guardiola.
The time is running out for the bottom team Norwich City who look to return to the 2nd division Championship after a 3-0 loss at home against Newcastle United.
Newcastle’s Brazil team led Eddie Howe to ninth place with Joelinton scoring a goal and Bruno Guimaraes also scoring on Carrow Road.
With Newcastle on the rise, Norwich are now eight points clear with five games to go.
Man City continue to fight for the title, Arsenal go into fourth place – SABC News
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