Premier League: Arsenal melt on Chelsea, Leeds are relegated

Arsenal seem determined to end the season with a cannonball. This Sunday afternoon, as part of the 36th day of the Premier League, the Gunners chained a fourth success in a row, winning at home against Leeds (2-1). This fine series allows them not only to consolidate their fourth place, qualifying for the Champions League (with now four points ahead of Tottenham, who won a draw at Anfield on Saturday), but also to melt on the third, Chelsea, author of a draw against Wolverhampton (2-2) on Saturday, which is only one point ahead of the Londoners.

The victory against Leeds owes much to Arsenal’s undeniable technical and tactical domination, especially before the break. It resulted in a considerable number of chances created (Arsenal had a total of 19 shots on goal, compared to 3 for their opponents). But the task for Mikel Arteta’s side was made easier by two big individual mistakes quickly made by the Whites.

The first by the French goalkeeper Illan Meslier, who poorly controlled a ball in his six meters, allowing Eddie Nketiah to open the scoring easily (1-0, 5th). Then the right side Luke Ayling, who lived this Saturday the 500th game of his career, and who wore the armband, was logically sent off for a tackle as violent as it was useless on Martinelli, near a corner post (27th).

Meanwhile, Arsenal had doubled the bet by Nketiah, with an unbalanced cross recovery, after a small festival from Martinelli on the left (2-0, 10th). Thanks to this double, the young English striker (22) now has four goals between four games, confirming in passing that he has taken the place of Alexandre Lacazette at the forefront of Arsenal’s attack, the latter being came into play this Sunday in the 91st minute.

In the second half, the Gunners confirmed their dominance. But they found a way to scare themselves, after conceding a goal on the only opportunity that Leeds created of the game, a corner deflected from the head by Junior Firpo and taken at the far post by Diego Llorente ( 2-1, 66th). Still, the Whites, who even managed to make Arsenal doubt at the very end of the match, should have been more enterprising if they had really wanted to get a point at the Emirates.

Everton surprise Leicester

In the end, this defeat is heavy with consequences for Leeds, now relegated for the first time since September. At the same time, Everton managed to win (2-1) at Leicester, thanks in particular to a splendid volley from Ukrainian defender Vitaliy Mykolenko (0-1, 6th), leaving Leeds in 18th place. Elsewhere, West Ham won 4-0 at relegated Norwich.

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