Arsenal clinched an important 2-1 win against Leeds United during Sunday’s Premier League clash.
Eddie Nketiah, a Hale End academy graduate, scored a first-half brace, displaying his pushing abilities by dislodging Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier to score his first before making it 2-0 to the home side with a lovely left-footed finish. Jesse Marsch’s team did get a consolation goal through Spanish defender Diego Llorente, but Arsenal were able to maintain their lead and win their fourth league game in a row.
The North Londoners are only one point behind Chelsea in third place, and four points ahead of local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, whom they face on Thursday night. As the competition for a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League heats up, Sports Deputy compares Arsenal’s final three fixtures to their two London rivals.
Tottenham (A) – Thursday, May 12
The North London Derby is almost here, some four months after it was initially planned to take place. Mikel Arteta’s team would be guaranteed a spot in the top four with a win. However, a win will not be easy, especially considering the Gunners haven’t beaten Spurs on the road in seven years.
Since Antonio Conte’s arrival, the Lillywhites have looked considerably better in important games, defeating Manchester City earlier this year and drawing 1-1 with Liverpool on Saturday evening. Antonio Conte’s first North London derby is on Thursday night, and Spurs fans will be anxious to avenge Nuno Espirito Santo’s 3-1 defeat at the Emirates Stadium in September.
Newcastle United (A) – Monday, May 16
In just over a week, Arteta and the Gunners will travel to St. James’ Park to face Newcastle United in their final away game of the season. Although the Tyneside-based club has been one of the most in-form sides in the league since Eddie Howe took over the management reins from Steve Bruce earlier this season, the Gunners have won their past eight matches against them.
Everton (H) – Sunday, May 22
Everything might come down to the final day of the season at both ends of the table. Everton is now battling for relegation with Burnley and Leeds United, and the Toffees have a strong record against Arsenal, having won their last three meetings. By May 22nd, the Gunners will hope to have already clinched a place in next season’s Champions League, especially as both Tottenham and Chelsea play teams that have already been relegated on the penultimate day.
Everton are presently 17th in the Premier League after recent victories against Chelsea and Leicester City, with a game in hand on their relegation rivals.
Tottenham’s final three Premier League fixtures
Arsenal (H) – May 12
Burnley (H) – May 15
Norwich (A) – May 22
Chelsea’s final three Premier League fixtures
Leeds (A) – May 11
Leicester (H) – May 19
Watford (H) – May 22