Arsenal wins and Manchester United loses, leaving plenty to play for in the Premier League

Arsenal wins and Manchester United loses, leaving the Premier League with plenty to play for.

The Premier League title race has plenty of life left thanks to Arsenal’s display of character and resiliency. After David De Gea’s most recent error in another away loss for Manchester United, the battle to finish in the Champions League qualification spots is also far from over.

By handing Newcastle a rare home loss, Arsenal atoned for one of its most traumatic defeats under Mikel Arteta and kept strong pressure on Manchester City just as it appeared the defending champions might be coasting to the title.

With three months remaining in the season, City holds a one-point lead after Arsenal defeated them 2-0 in a tense St. James’ Park. With three away games in its final four games, City has a game in hand but faces a more difficult schedule.

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“Let’s keep going and digging and digging, and see what is there,” said Arteta following a victory secured by long-range goals from Martin Odegaard in the 14th and Fabian Schar in the 71st minutes.

Arsenal’s players were pushed and roughed up during a physical match, and they also enraged the home crowd with shrewd moves that may have exceeded the bounds of sportsmanship.

Anything to maintain the possibility of a first league championship since 2004.

Odegaard said, “We sometimes had to be very ugly and very smart.” For a young team like ours to come here and perform the feats we did is a big step.

The struggle for United to win away games is making the race for Champions League qualification more interesting.

Erik ten Hag’s fragile team, which lost 1-0 at West Ham just three days after losing by the same margin at Brighton on a 99th-minute penalty, only makes one in six road trips.

The goal for West Ham came much earlier when De Gea miraculously let Said Benrahma’s weak shot from outside the box dribble past his extended arm and slowly into the net in the 27th minute.

De Gea has committed four more errors that have resulted in goals this season than any other Premier League player, according to Opta, the provider of statistics for the league. De Gea also made a critical error against Sevilla as United lost to them last month in the quarterfinals of the Europa League.

United remained in fourth place, two points back of Newcastle in third.

Despite having played one more game, Liverpool, which is in fifth place and a point behind United, was the big winner on Sunday.

PRE-MATCH VIDEO

Arsenal’s players were shown clips from their 2-0 loss at Newcastle last season, which cost them a chance to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League, before they left the team hotel to travel to St. James’ Park.

That day, they were outplayed and bullied, but they seemed to have learned their lesson.

Arteta said of the video, “We had to see our faces and understand the emotions, not just the players but the staff as well.” “This is a terrible feeling, and you don’t want to be like this any longer. Today, we had to exhibit a different kind of rivalry, desire, and quality.

Odegaard scored a goal against the flow of the game. When the Norway playmaker slammed a low shot through the legs of Newcastle defender Sven Botman and past custodian Nick Pope, Newcastle had already hit the post through Jacob Murphy and had a penalty overturned after a VAR check.

Newcastle paid for its waste when Schar turned Gabriel Martinelli’s cross into his own net, and Alexander Isak also hit the post with a header.

“The noise was there today,” said Newcastle manager Eddie Howe, whose team suffered just its second home defeat of the year. “We just needed to score, and it would have helped us take off.”

ALMOST SAFE

West Ham may be able to afford to concentrate on winning a European trophy in the final weeks of the season because its Premier League survival is all but assured.

With three games remaining—two of which are against teams further down the standings in Leeds and Leicester—the victory over United propelled West Ham to 37 points, seven points above the bottom three.

West Ham is still competing in the Europa Conference League, and their semifinal matchup against Dutch club AZ Alkmar will begin on Thursday at home.

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