Arsenal’s Kai Havertz headed an 86th-minute winner to take his side top of the Premier League with a 2-1 home victory over Brentford on Saturday, while Manchester United fanned the embers of their top-four hopes with a 2-0 win against visiting Everton.
Arsenal have 64 points after 28 games, although either Liverpool or Manchester City can claim first place with a win in Sunday’s blockbuster clash at Anfield. Second-placed Liverpool have 63 points, while City are third on 62.
Luton Town salvaged a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace with a late goal to boost their survival bid, Bournemouth came from two down to deny Sheffield United their fourth league win this season with a 2-2 draw and Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Fulham 2-1.
Arsenal recorded an eighth league victory in a row and Havertz scored for the fourth consecutive game to make up for a calamitous error by stand-in goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
“These points were so important for us and you could see that in the second half,” said Havertz. “We didn’t play our best in the first half but it’s even better to win it this way. Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford fired in first-half penalties — both created by sloppy Everton tackles on Alejandro Garnacho.
Erik ten Hag’s team remain sixth but with 47 points they crept closer to fourth-placed Aston Villa, who are on 55 with a game in hand at home to Tottenham Hotspur in fifth on Sunday.
United were coming off successive league losses, to Fulham and Manchester City, that ended an unbeaten run of four wins.

“It was important. We had one bad result against Fulham in this calendar year,” Ten Hag said. “We had to put this right and keep the pressure on the teams above us.

“There are many games to play. Now we are back. We will keep pressure on them and see what happens.”
Sean Dyche’s Everton — winless in 11 straight league games — are 16th on 25 points, four points above the drop zone.
Wolves beat Fulham thanks to a close-range strike by Rayan Ait-Nouri and a deflected own goal from a shot by fellow defender Nelson Semedo that was attributed to Tom Cairney.
The result moved Wolves up to eighth in the league on 41 points and kept intact their more than four-decade unbeaten streak at home to the Londoners. Fulham are 12th on 35.
Wolves’ first goal came in the 52nd minute when Algerian international Ait-Nouri scooped the ball into the roof of the net after a cutback from a free kick.
His Portuguese team mate Semedo secured the win 15 minutes later with a shot from just outside the area which hit Fulham midfielder Cairney on the way in for an own goal.
“An unbelievable win … To find a way to beat a Fulham team that are in a really good moment,” Wolves manager Gary O’Neil said. “Just delighted – 41 points, equalling last season’s tally already.”
Crystal Palace struck against Luton in the 11th minute when Jean-Philippe Mateta back-heeled the ball into the net.
But with Selhurst Park celebrating, Luton launched a late attack and Cauley Woodrow’s goal in the 96th minute — after late substitute Andros Townsend floated the ball into the area — stunned the home fans and gave the visitors an unlikely draw.
“It’s frustrating, gutting to concede like that at the end of the game when we could have had three points,” Palace goalkeeper Sam Johnstone said.
Palace remain 14th on 29 points with Luton still 18th on 21, three behind Nottingham Forest in the safety zone.
Sheffield United looked set to earn three points when the clock struck 90 minutes at the Vitality Stadium but Bournemouth’s Enes Unal equalised to pile even more pressure on the visitors’ faint survival hopes.
The draw was just enough to move United off the bottom of the table, up one spot to 19th on 14 points — a point above Burnley, who visit West Ham United on Sunday.
“We’re off the bottom, we’ll enjoy that,” Blades manager Chris Wilder said. “I’m not jumping through hoops and no medals are being handed out for being off the bottom. We have to show the consistency.”
Starting the day fourth, five points ahead of their fifth-placed visitors, Villa struggled from the off as Spurs pressed them high up the pitch and forced them to turn over the ball.
Villa had an appeal for a penalty turned down in the 34th minute as Leon Bailey went tumbling under an innocuous challenge from Yves Bissouma, and their only promising chance of the first half came in stoppage time as Lucas Digne sent a looping header just wide from a well-worked corner.
Spurs struck twice early in the second half with James Maddison volleying the opener in the 50th minute and Son Heung-min setting up Brennan Johnson to net the second three minutes later after Villa gave the ball away cheaply.
Any chance the home side had of staging a comeback all but disappeared when McGinn was shown a straight red card in the 65th minute for clattering Spurs defender Destiny Udogie.
With Villa on the ropes, Spurs captain Son swept home the third a minute into stoppage time, and he notched his second assist of the afternoon by setting up substitute Timo Werner to score three minutes later.
The 4-0 victory moves Spurs to 53 points, two behind Villa with the London side also having a game in hand and a better goal difference.
Tottenham manger Ange Postecoglou was in ebullient mood after his side’s superb second-half showing
Alexis Mac Allister fired home a second-half penalty as Liverpool claimed a point against Manchester City in a breathless 1-1 Premier League blockbuster at Anfield on Sunday that left Arsenal top of the table.
Liverpool are second with 64 points, behind the Gunners on goal difference, with 10 games remaining of a thrilling three-way title race. Holders City, who are unbeaten in 21 games across all competitions, are third on 63. Arsenal climbed top with their 2-1 win against Brentford on Saturday.
“Sensational,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. “The second half was the best we ever played against Manchester City, definitely. Exceptional football game. Wow.
“We proved today the first time 100% we are exactly where we should be. We will fight for it and see what we can get.”

City looked poised to hand manager Pep Guardiola his second victory in nine trips to the cauldron of Anfield when John Stones lost his marker to tap in Kevin De Bruyne’s corner from close range in the 23rd minute. Stones leapt onto the barrier in front of the visitors’ fans and shook both fists in celebration.

Andrew Omobamidele scored an own goal to gift Brighton victory and dent Nottingham Forest’s chances of Premier League survival.

The Forest defender turned Pascal Gross’ curling free-kick into his own goal in the 29th minute.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side pushed in search of an equaliser after the break but a lack of quality in the final third meant they failed to salvage a crucial point.

The defeat leaves them just three points above 18th-placed Luton in the relegation zone, although the Hatters have a game in hand.

West Ham substitute Danny Ings stopped his former club Burnley earning a rare win as the home side fought back from 2-0 down in a pulsating Premier League game.

Ings, who had an effort ruled out by VAR moments before the injury-time equaliser, almost nicked a winner even deeper into stoppage time but saw his shot cannon off the crossbar.

Burnley still moved off the bottom of the Premier League with the draw, but were left to rue dropping more points from a winning position.

The Clarets were on course to earn just their fourth win of the top-flight season – and first victory in 10 attempts – through David Datro Fofana’s stunner and Konstantinos Mavropanos’s own goal before half-time.

West Ham were lifeless in a poor first half where they did not manage a shot on target.

However, the Hammers reappeared after the break looking like a different side and pulled a goal back within 30 seconds of the restart.

Midfielder Lucas Paqueta showed the desire which had been previously missing to press Burnley high, winning back possession to go clean through and calmly stroke past Clarets keeper James Trafford.

David Moyes’ side continued to press for a leveller and Burnley looked set to hang on for victory until Ings’ sharp finish.

The Hammers, who stay seventh, felt they should have been given an injury-time penalty for handball against Sander Berge, which would have given them a chance to nick a third straight league win.

The draw moves Vincent Kompany’s team back above Sheffield United into 19th place on goal difference, with both teams remaining 10 points adrift of safety with 10 games remaining.

Chelsea eased some of the pressure on coach Mauricio Pochettino with a 3-2 home win over fellow mid-table side Newcastle United in the Premier League on Monday with Cole Palmer, the Blues’ best player this season, creating one goal and scoring another.
Chelsea’s Senegal striker Nicolas Jackson diverted a Palmer shot past goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the sixth minute before the hosts allowed Newcastle to get an equaliser in the 43rd when Alexander Isak curled a shot beyond the diving Djordje Petrovic.
Chelsea, urged on by their fans after some had turned on Pochettino and the club’s U.S. owners in a 2-2 draw at Brentford nine days ago, restored their lead in the 57th when Palmer, the Blues’ top scorer this season who is in contention to go to the Euros with England this year, scored from outside the box.
Substitute Mykhailo Mudryk made it 3-1 in the 76th minute when the Ukrainian danced through Newcastle’s defence, rounded Dubravka and slotted home. A fierce shot by Jacob Murphy gave the visitors hope in the 90th minute but Chelsea held on.

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