Premier League 2022: Arsenal lead Tottenham Hotspur in first four games

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur each posted victories because the race for fourth place within the Premier League intensified on Sunday (May 1). Tottenham returned to type as Son Heung-min scored twice and Harry Kane as soon as in a 3-1 victory over Leicester City.

That briefly elevated Tottenham into fourth place, above Arsenal who responded impressively to win 2-1 at West Ham United with objectives by defenders Rob Holding and Gabriel. Arsenal’s third successive league win after three straight defeats moved them to 63 points from 34 games with Tottenham’s first win in three leaving them on 61 from 34.

Third-placed Chelsea aren’t completely assured of a top-four end after they lost 1-0 at Everton – an important consequence for the hosts of their bid to stave off relegation. Striker Richarlison sealed victory at a rocking Goodison Park a minute into the second half after Cesar Azpilicueta gave up possession below pressure from the Brazilian ahead.

Everton stay third from backside however are solely two points behind 17th-placed Leeds United having played a game much less. Chelsea have 66 points from 34 games.

Everton manager Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s record scorer and former manager, knew how massive the win towards his outdated club was. “Today was a huge game for us and when you see the fans turn up before this game and what they did to this game – they were people of the match,” he stated.

“Men, women and youngsters, all Everton crazy, they love this club and they pushed us over the line. We are still in the relegation zone, we have the extra game but we have to go with that same spirit in every match.”

Tottenham knew that solely a win at home to Leicester could be adequate after dropping to Brighton & Hove Albion and drawing with Brentford of their last two games – two dismal shows that put an enormous dent of their top-four hopes. They responded with a vibrant show capped by two objectives for Son who’s in the race for the Golden Boot award.

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Son has scored 19 league goals this season, three fewer than top scorer Mohamed Salah of Liverpool. Son’s corner allowed Kane to place Spurs forward with a thumping header and he then made certain of the points with two quality finishes after the break, each assisted by Dejan Kulusevski.

“We got three points in an important moment of the season especially as in the next games we are going to face Liverpool and Arsenal,” Tottenham manager Antonio Conte stated.

Arsenal at the moment are sensing a first top-four finish since 2015-16 and manager Mikel Arteta praised his aspect’s means to win ugly after grinding out the points at West Ham. Holding headed in Bukayo Saka’s nook to break the impasse in a tame first half but Jarrod Bowen’s deflected shot levelled it up before the break at the London Stadium.

Gabriel’s diving header earned Arsenal the win though. “Massive win because we put ourselves in lots of problems with our decisions in possession,” Arteta stated.

“But the team showed huge character not to give up and to do the right things. The way we defended it was phenomenal. From my point of view today we won ugly but I’m extremely happy.”

West Ham can not finish in the prime four however all their focus is now on subsequent week’s Europa League semi-final second leg away to Eintracht Frankfurt, having lost the opener 2-1.

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