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Arsenal catapulted back into Top 4 Race with pivotal win over United

Arsenal have taken the pole in the race for fourth place in the Premier League. Arsenal was able to keep a clean sheet against Manchester United, beating the Red Devils 2-0 at the Emirates. A first half goal from midfielder Granit Xhaka put the Gunners in front. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang redeemed himself from the penalty spot after last week’s miss, notching Arsenal’s second goal in the 69th minute. Bernd Leno came up with a number of huge saves, keeping his second clean sheet at home in the last three matches. The win is the ninth home win in a row in the league for Arsenal, who have collected 41 of 48 possible points.

The loss against Arsenal was the first in 12 league matches for Manchester United, and the first Premier League loss for caretaking manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær. United are now in fifth place with 58 points, but have a difficult run-in for their last eight games. The Red Devils still have their away fixture against a tough Wolves side, and have to host Chelsea and Manchester City before the season concludes.

The big result could not have come on a better weekend for Arsenal. Chelsea was unable to dispatch of Wolverhampton FC this weekend, tying Wolves 1-1 at Stamford Bridge, dropping two big points. Chelsea are now sitting in sixth place with 57 points, but have a game in hand over Arsenal and United.

Another team may have joined the race for the top four this weekend. Tottenham failed to win for the fourth Premier League match in a row, losing 2-0 to Southampton. Spurs are in third place, now just one point in front of fourth place Arsenal. Tottenham are in danger of dropping even more points, as they have to travel to Anfield for their next Premier League fixture.

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