🦁 Arsenal reclaim top spot at Wolves; PL relegation drama in focus | OneFootball

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Richard Buxton·20 April 2024

🦁 Arsenal reclaim top spot at Wolves; PL relegation drama in focus

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Three Premier League games took place on Saturday with potential ramifications at both ends of the table.

Here’s what went down.

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Arsenal back in pole position

Scorers: Trossard 45′, Ødegaard 90+5′

Arsenal reclaimed the Premier League’s top spot with a hard-fought win over Wolves.

João Gomes forced the best opening of the first half at Molineux as David Raya palmed his shot against the near lefthand post.

But the Gunners took the lead on the stroke of half-time as Leandro Trossard unleashed a curling effort from Gabriel Jesus’ cut-back in the area.

The injury-hit hosts continued to threaten their visitors but were undone again when Martin Ødegaard squeezed a stoppage-time effort past José Sá.

Mikel Arteta’s side will see out the weekend in pole position due to Manchester City’s FA Cup involvement and a superior goal difference over Liverpool.

Brentford take huge step towards safety

Scorers: Berry 90+3′; Wissa 24′, 45+1′, Pinnock 62′, Lewis-Potter 64′, Schade 89′

Brentford took a huge step towards Premier League safety with a demolition of Luton Town.

A relentless start eventually paid off on 24 minutes as Yoane Wissa netted with a stunner from the edge of the area.

Wissa further cemented the Bees’ dominance by doubling his tally deep in first-half added time with a scrambled finish from Bryan Mbeumo’s cross.

Ethan Pinnock added a third shortly after the hour mark with a header from Sergio Reguilón’s corner on his first start since returning from injury.

Just two minutes later the visitors extended their advantage as Keane Lewis-Potter met Mbeumo’s chip to the far post.

Mbeumo was the architect again as Thomas Frank’s side hit a fifth in the closing stages with Kevin Schade the beneficiary.

Luton notched a late consolation in added time when Luke Berry seized on a poor back-pass to deny their visitors a clean sheet.

The Londoners are now 10 points clear of the relegation zone while the Hatters remain mired in the relegation zone.

Burnley produce statement win over Blades

Scorers: Hamer 52′; Larsen 38′, Assignon 41′, Foster 58′, Guðmundsson 71′

Burnley produced only their third away win of the season with a comprehensive win over relegation rivals Sheffield United.

The visitors broke the deadlock late in the first half through Jacob Bruun Larsen’s volley after a fortuitous deflection in the build-up.

Lorenz Assignon added a second just three minutes later by skipping through the Blades’ defence and wrong footing Ivo Grbić.

Chris Wilder’s side halved their deficit shortly after the interval through Gustavo Hamer firing home from inside the penalty area.

But Lyle Foster consolidated the Clarets’ two-goal cushion within minutes by sweeping in a cutback from Assignon.

Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson compounded the misery by hooking the ball past Grbić after being teed up by Josh Cullen.

Vincent Kompany’s side remain three points adrift of safety with four games of the season remaining.

Sunday sees more games with a huge bearing on the league’s top and bottom as Liverpool travel to Fulham, Everton entertain Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa aim to build strengthen top-four credentials at home to Bournemouth.

West Ham, meanwhile, will seek to recover from their Europa League exit in a London derby against Crystal Palace.