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Premier League: City Closer To Title, Arsenal Boost Top-Four Bid

Manchester City took advantage of Liverpool’s slip-up in the Premier League championship chase, destroying Newcastle 5-0 on Sunday to regain their title. 

Arsenal overcame relegation-threatened Leeds 2-1 to enhance their push for a top-four finish on a dramatic day at both ends of the league.

With goals from Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte, Pep Guardiola’s team grabbed control at the Etihad Stadium before halftime. 

After the interval, Rodri scored City’s third goal before Phil Foden and Sterling scored in stoppage time to send City back to the top of the table.

Despite surrendering two points in a 1-1 tie against Tottenham on Saturday, Liverpool had pushed the champions out of first place.

The city is presently three points ahead of Liverpool, with three games remaining for both clubs. Guardiola’s team has a four-goal advantage against Liverpool.

Liverpool, who are pursuing the Premier League title, plays Aston Villa on Tuesday, while City travels to Wolves 24 hours later.

City’s stroll over Newcastle was the perfect way to recuperate from Wednesday’s heartbreaking Champions League semi-final loss to Real Madrid.

Real had scored twice in the last seconds of regular time before prevailing in extra time, causing Guardiola to lament that he had “no words” to console his team.

City can exorcise those ghosts by winning a fourth English title in five seasons, and this was a good start.

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“We’ve been doing this every three days for five years. If anybody questioned us, they haven’t met this group. It’s one of the most talented ensembles I’ve ever worked with “Guardiola said.

“A lovely afternoon. Three points, nine points on the line, and a four-goal advantage on goal differential. Another final is scheduled on Wednesday.”

Guardiola’s post-match announcement that key defenders John Stones, Ruben Dias, and Kyle Walker would miss the remainder of the season due to injury was City’s only worry.

He said, “Ruben, Kyle, and John are out until the conclusion of the season.”

Joao Cancelo glanced an Ilkay Gundogan cross towards Sterling in the 19th minute, and Sterling dove to head in from close range.

After 38 minutes, City extended their advantage when Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka couldn’t hold onto Gundogan’s effort, and Laporte rushed home.

Rodri scored off Kevin De Bruyne’s corner in the 61st minute, and Foden deflected Oleksandr Zinchenko’s effort into the goal in the 90th minute.

Sterling completed the thrashing with a superb finish off a feed from Jack Grealish in stoppage time.

Eddie Nketiah, a former Leeds loanee, scored twice in the opening 10 minutes of Mikel Arteta’s side’s fourth consecutive triumph at the Emirates Stadium.

Leeds’ captain Luke Ayling was sent off, and when Diego Llorente equalized in the 66th minute, it was too late for Jesse Marsch’s struggling side.

With three games remaining in the fight to qualify for next season’s Champions League through a top-four finish, fourth-placed Arsenal leads fifth-placed Tottenham by four points.

– Everton escaped relegation –

Arsenal travels to Tottenham on Thursday, knowing that a victory in the north London derby would ensure a Champions League campaign for the first time since 2016-17.

“We’ll go into that match with the same excitement as usual, but with the understanding that this may be a pivotal moment,” Arteta said.

Leeds have slipped into the relegation zone, lying third from bottom with a goal differential worse than Burnley.

“We’re up against a brick wall. We are in danger of relegation, but we must fight for our life “Marsch said.

Everton took advantage of Leeds’ mistake to jump out of the bottom three, winning 2-1 at Leicester, their first league away win since August.

Vitaliy Mykolenko, a Ukrainian left-back, scored Everton’s first goal in the sixth minute.

Leicester’s Patson Daka equalized, but Mason Holgate won it in the 30th minute with a close-range goal.

Everton sits one point above the relegation zone with a game in hand, trying to escape relegation for the first time since 1954.

“We’re still fighting for survival. If we want to get out of this, we need to work as a team. That has been shown in recent weeks “Frank Lampard, Everton’s manager, said.

On Thursday, West Ham eased the agony of their Europa League semi-final loss to Eintracht Frankfurt by crushing relegated Norwich 4-0 at Carrow Road.