16 Apr 2022 | 16:10
Review of Saturday’s action in the Premier League, where Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Manchester United grapple with Norwich.
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Arsenal’s faltering Champions League quest has suffered yet another setback after they lost 1-0 in the Premier League to Southampton.
Tottenham’s shock home defeat to Brighton in Saturday afternoon’s game gave the Gunners a chance to equalize points against fourth-placed rivals in north London.
But Mikel Arteta’s men blew a big opportunity to take advantage at St Mary’s when Jan Bednarek’s attack at halftime sent them to their fourth defeat in five games.
Arsenal held onto a game against Spurs, despite a tough away trip to Chelsea, while their latest slip provided further encouragement to top four colleagues Manchester United and West Ham.
The Gunners dominated possession for much of the afternoon in Hampshire, but in the absence of the ailing Alexandre Lacazette they often lacked a spearhead and rarely made trouble for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s determined hosts. .
On those occasions, they were let down by Saints keeper Fraser Forster, who made stunning saves to knock out leading scorers Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe after Bednarek’s decisive finish.
The win for the Saints ended a five-game winless streak at the tournament to boost their first-half aspirations.
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Brighton made another potentially decisive impact in the race for the top four as they enjoyed greater success in north London, beating Tottenham 1-0 thanks to a Leandro Trossard 90th-minute goal.
A week after beating Arsenal at home to Emirates to give Spurs the initiative in the battle for Champions League tickets, they repeated the trick when Trossard crossed into the box and poked a slot for the home team.