Premier League: Arsenal raise bids for top 4 as Leeds United slip into relegation zone

24 May 2022 | 08:57 | Football

Eddie Nketiah has fueled Arsenal’s attempt to finish in Premier LeagueTop 4 with a brace in a 2-1 win over Leeds as the Yorkshire club fell into the relegation zone following Everton’s 2-1 win over Leicester on Sunday. While second-placed Manchester City waits for a chance to trail leaders Liverpool by three points with a win over Newcastle at the end of Sunday, the focus of the day’s matches will be on finishing in the top four and the battle to stay at the top. class.

Nketiah scored twice in the first 10 minutes at Emirates Stadium as Mikel ArtetaTheir team earned their fourth straight win.

Leeds has a captain Luke Ayling sent and, although Diego Llorente got back a goal, too little, too late for those fighting for Jesse Marsch.

4th place is Arsenal 4 points ahead of Tottenham, with 3 matches remaining for both teams in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League through 4th place in the top 4.

Tottenham’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Saturday kept them on the hunt, but Arsenal will visit their north London rivals on Thursday knowing a win will ensure they stay above the rivals. Antonio Conte’s men.

Arteta signed a three-year contract extension on Friday and he of course must repay that faith by leading Arsenal to their first Champions League campaign since the 2016-17 season.

Nketiah had spent time on loan at Leeds earlier in his career, but the Arsenal forward showed no mercy at his former club.

In the 5th minute, Nketiah punished Illan Meslier’s bad touch, knocked the Leeds goalkeeper and then shot into an empty net.

Nketiah barely celebrated out of respect for Leeds, but he struck again five minutes later, this time in a meeting Gabriel Martinelli made a shot from Martinelli’s 12m range.

Leeds’ bad day took a turn for the worse in the 27th minute when Ayling was sent off after VAR reviewed his rough tackle on Martinelli.

Llorente scored to shorten the score with a clever finish from Leeds’ first corner in the 66th minute, but Arsenal held the draw.

Leeds ranked third at the bottom of the table due to a worse goal difference than Burnley.

– Everton are out of the bottom three of the table –

Everton made the most of Leeds’ stumble as they beat Leicester to a second straight win.

Frank LampardThe team’s side arrived at King Power Stadium with just one win and three draws from 16 away games, including losses in the last seven in their trip.

But Lampard and his players were taken out by Everton fans outside the club’s Finch Farm training ground as they set off for Leicester on Sunday morning.

Everton have responded to that support with a dream start.

Ukraine left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko runs up Alex Iwobi caught the ball and scored with a beautiful volley from the edge of the box in the sixth minute.

Everton took the lead five minutes later when Yerry Mina and Seamus Coleman Move forward to head, only to collide and allow Patson Daka to run through and defeat Jordan Pickford.

However, Mason Holgate won it for Everton in the 30th minute, the defender converting the rebound after Kasper Schmeichel saved Richarlison’s header.

Everton, hoping to not have to play in the second division for the first time since 1954, are one point above the relegation zone with a game in hand.

West Ham crushed relegated Norwich 4-0 at Carrow Road to ease the pain of their Europa League semi-final defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.

Benrahma said to have given West Ham the lead after 12 minutes when his shot missed Max Aarons and passed the Norwich keeper Tim Krul.

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Michael Antonio Double West Ham’s advantage after 30 minutes with his first goal since January 1.

Benrahma scored the third goal at half-time and Manuel Lanzini converted a penalty in the 65th minute after Jacob Sorensen’s handball.

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