Arsenal extend gap with Tottenham derby win, Chelsea bounce back

“Arsenal” is at the top of the tournament table

Arsenal extended their lead at the top of the table to eight points thanks to Hugo Lloris’ first own goal in 354 Premier League games. City, who lost 2-1 in the derby against United on Saturday, have 47 points against 39 of the Gunners. Spurs (33 points) remain at 5e 5 each from Newcastle and the Red Devils, 3e and 4e. Although the North London derby is traditionally one of the hottest derbies in England, this derby was halted by Arsenal, who collapsed in the first half in the second half.

True to their reputation, Spurs made another slow start and Lloris’s ball, who turned Bukayo Saka’s powerful pass into his cage, made matters worse (0-1, 14e). If he met Martin Odegaard’s (22nd) strike with a left-hander at the feet of Eddie Nketiah (70th), his post saved him on Thomas Partey’s (25th) volley. ) before Odegaard, halfway through, doubled his bet (0-2, 36th).

With a sharp lead, the Gunners were able to rely on Aaron Ramsdale in the cages and man-of-the-match with Son Heung-min (18th) leading the way before beating Harry Kane (45 + 2, 50). , Ryan Sessegnon (52nd) and Richarlison (82nd). A true performance by a possible future champion.

Chelsea are back in action

As he broke the bank again behind the scenes, he offered a capital success against Chelsea Palace to sign Ukrainian Mykhailo Mudryk for €100m (1-0).

With 28 points, the Blues remain 10th and ten off the Champions League qualifying spots, but the Londoners, and especially their manager Graham Potter, desperately needed it.

It was a whiff of fresh air, with France’s Benoit Badiashile in the starting role alongside Thiago Silva in the middle and Mudric presented wrapped in a Ukrainian flag at half-time moments after his signing. Stamford Bridge.

The game itself was not interesting. True to form in recent matches – with the exception of the 4-0 FA Cup defeat at Manchester City – Chelsea were hard-working and determined, and above all, it was that little touch of success that made the difference.

This was particularly evident with Kai Haverts goal after a corner kick played in two stages (1-0, 65th) from Hakim Ziyech, and despite a noticeable blow in the last quarter of an hour, the score went unscathed. fever.

But next week we will have to confirm the minor promotion with the visit of Liverpool in what is practically a double or nothing match for the two teams.

Newcastle are clinging

Facing “Fulham”, who prevailed over “Chelsea” (2-1) in the middle of the week, the “shrews” got rid of the Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who found a mistake at the end of the match (1:0) and led the cancellation. from the penalty he converted.

Newcastle, who won the best of City (2-1) during Saturday’s derby, ahead of Manchester United, on goal difference (38 points, +8 against 22), is in 3rd place, one point behind champions England won. .

And those are three points that could weigh heavily at the end of the season, because the ax went so close.

In the 65th minute, VAR allowed Fulham (6th, 31 points) to benefit from a penalty, four minutes after Fabian Schär found the post with a free-kick 20 meters out on the other side of the area.

Serbian Mitrovic, who was in charge of the groundwork, ran and slid to score, but in slow motion the referee saw that the ball had touched both feet, so the penalty was invalid and Newcastle were awarded a free-kick.

Worse still for promotion, one of the surprise teams of the season, late in the match, Callum Wilson tore himself up to set up Sean Longstaff’s cross and Sweden’s Alexander Isak, who had come in a quarter of an hour earlier. , headed the ball into the empty net (1-0, 89th).

Enough to bolster the ambitions of the Saudi-owned club, who have three very favorable fixtures against Crystal Palace, West Ham and Bournemouth.

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