Arsenal surrender two-goal lead again in blow to title hopes

16 Apr 2023
Arsenal despondent

Gunners are held to a 2-2 draw at West Ham while Man Utd climb to third after 2-0 win at Forest

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Arsenal squandered a two-goal lead for the second successive week and missed the chance to move six points clear of Manchester City after being held to a 2-2 draw at West Ham United.

Following their 2-2 draw against Liverpool last week, Arsenal took a seventh-minute lead when Gabriel Jesus tapped in his fourth goal in three matches from Ben White’s cross.

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The Gunners doubled their advantage just three minutes later, Martin Odegaard volleying in from six yards after being picked out by Gabriel Martinelli.

Said Benrahma halved the deficit for West Ham on 33 minutes from the penalty spot, sending Aaron Ramsdale the wrong way after Gabriel had fouled Lucas Paqueta.

Arsenal were awarded the second spot-kick of the match for a handball by Michail Antonio, but Bukayo Saka missed the target on 52 minutes.

Saka’s failure to convert would prove costly, as just two minutes later, Jarrod Bowen swept in to pull the Hammers level.

West Ham came close to a late winner, but Antonio’s header came back off the woodwork.

It is the first time that Arsenal have given up a two-goal lead in consecutive Premier League matches, making them only the fifth side to do so in the competition's history.

Arsenal remain top on 74 points, four more than Man City, but having played a match more.

The title race

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
1 Manchester City MCI 38 +61 89
2 Arsenal ARS 38 +45 84
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The Gunners are next in action on Friday, when they host bottom side Southampton, while Man City's next Premier League match is on 26 April, when Arsenal visit the Etihad Stadium in what looks set to be a title-defining showdown.

West Ham sit 15th on 31 points, four clear of the bottom three.

The relegation battle

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
12 Chelsea CHE 38 -9 44
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers WOL 38 -27 41
14 West Ham United WHU 38 -13 40
15 Bournemouth BOU 38 -34 39
16 Nottingham Forest NFO 38 -30 38
17 Everton EVE 38 -23 36
18 Leicester City LEI 38 -17 34
19 Leeds United LEE 38 -30 31
20 Southampton SOU 38 -37 25
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United go third

Goals in either half from Antony and Diogo Dalot helped Manchester United earn a 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest for their third successive Premier League victory, taking them up to third in the table.

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Man Utd went in front just after the half-hour when Antony tapped in after Keylor Navas could only parry Anthony Martial's initial effort.

In the second half, Bruno Fernandes had a shot superbly tipped on to the crossbar by Navas, before the visitors doubled their lead on 76 minutes.

Antony ran at the Forest defence before playing a clever ball into the path of Dalot, who slotted in for his first Premier League goal, and Antony's first assist in the competition.

The result moves Man Utd on to 59 points, six clear of Tottenham Hotspur in fifth.

The race for Europe

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
3 Manchester United MUN 38 +15 75
4 Newcastle United NEW 38 +35 71
5 Liverpool LIV 38 +28 67
6 Brighton & Hove Albion BHA 38 +19 62
7 Aston Villa AVL 38 +5 61
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Forest remain 18th on 27 points, in the relegation zone due to an inferior goal difference to 17th-placed Everton.

Can Liverpool boost European hopes?

There is one more fixture to take place in Matchweek 31 as Liverpool travel to Leeds United on Monday.

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The Reds are looking to end their poor away form as they seek a first win on the road in 2023 

Meanwhile, Leeds are looking for a positive response following their 5-1 defeat to Crystal Palace last time out.

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