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Arsenal trounce Bournemouth

LONDON: Arsenal claimed the top spot in the Premier League after a commanding 3-0 victory against Bournemouth on Saturday, propelled by standout performances from Bukayo Saka and Leandro Trossard. This win, marking Arsenal’s fourth consecutive triumph, ensures that even if Manchester City were to win their upcoming match against Wolves, they wouldn’t be able to displace Arsenal from the pole position this weekend. Saka’s penalty just before halftime at the Emirates Stadium gave Mikel Arteta’s side a crucial lead.

In the closing stages of the game, Trossard and Declan Rice sealed the deal with decisive goals, securing three vital points for the Gunners. As they chase their first title since 2004, Arsenal will be keeping a close eye on City’s performance against Wolves, hoping for a stumble from the reigning champions. Despite City having two games in hand, a potential fourth successive English title is within Arsenal’s reach if they maintain their current form.

This season marks Arsenal’s 26th Premier League victory, equaling the club’s record for a single campaign in the top-flight. After last season’s disappointment of relinquishing an eight-point lead, Arsenal has demonstrated resilience, winning 14 out of 16 league games in 2024 to stay firmly in contention.

Looking ahead, Arsenal faces a crucial fixture against Manchester United before hosting Everton in what could potentially be a title-clinching match on May 19th. Despite Arteta’s personal connection to Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola, the significance of the title race took precedence over sentimentality.

Throughout the game, Bournemouth’s goalkeeper Mark Travers faced a barrage of attacks from Arsenal, making several crucial saves. Ultimately, Saka’s penalty and goals from Trossard and Rice secured a comfortable victory for Arsenal, keeping their title aspirations alive.

Meanwhile, Ipswich secured promotion to the Premier League for the first time in 22 years with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield. Goals from Wes Burns and Omari Hutchinson sealed Ipswich’s promotion, making them only the fourth side in the Premier League era to achieve consecutive promotions from the third tier to the top flight.- AFP

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