EPL matchday 30: Arsenal shorten leading gap on Man City

Gabriel Martinelli

LONDON– Arsenal reduced their leading advantage to six points in the English Premier League table after a 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

In the clash of the giants yesterday, the Gunners had a great chance to take away three points in the beginning, after an opening goal from Gabriel Martinelli in the 8th minute, plus another score from Gabriel Jesus in 28’, giving the Reds a struggling predicament by falling behind 0-2.

However, a strike from Mohamed Salah in 42’ rose up the home team’s spirit to perform a comeback in the second half, eventually hailed their equaliser through a header from Roberto Firmino in the late 87th minute.

Liverpool was close to overturn the result in the additional time, but goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale saved two threatening shots before the full time whistle blew, to avoid the visiting team leaving Anfield with no points.

Home team head coach Jurgen Klopp felt disappointed that Mo Salah missed his penalty kick in 52’, or else the Reds would celebrate a victory in this Super Sunday.

The Gunners’ throne insecure

After turning three points to one in the EPL matchday 30, Arsenal put their first position at high risk, which could be overtaken by Manchester City this month.

The Gunners shorten their gap over the defending champion from eight points to six, with one more match played, as the Cities will face West Ham United in a make-up game.

Assuming the Blue Moons beat the Hammers on 3rd May, Pep Guardiola’s squad could even up their points by defeating the Red London in their direct head-to-head on 26th April at Etihad Stadium.

City won their first meeting 1-0 on 15th February at Emirates Stadium, the Spanish coach expects to double kill Arsenal managed by his former assistant Mikel Arteta.

Haaland keeps on fire, Rashford injury

Last Saturday, Manchester City hailed an easy 4-1 win over Southampton in the away game, credited to double scores from Erling Haaland plus two goals from Jack Grealish and Julian Alvarez.

Haaland has netted 30 goals in this Premier League season, close to breaking the record of Alan Shearer which scored 34 goals in the 1994/95 season.

Newcastle and Manchester United hold their third and fourth places in the battle of top four, by beating Brentford 2-1 and Everton 2-0 on the same day.

The Red Devils collected three points thanks to goals from Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial, but Marcus Rashford who was sent off in the second half due to injury gives the club a trouble to worry about his recovery.

Lampard fails in his debut 2.0

Meanwhile, Frank Lampard was depressed in his debut as Chelsea club manager for the second time, as the Blue Lions lost 1-0 to Wolverhampton at Molineux Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur defeated Brighton 2-1 at home, goals from Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane helped the Spurs to stay in fifth place, holding a chance to participate in the UEFA Champions League next season by finishing as top four in May.

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