Arsenal 2 Everton 1

Arsenal missed out on a first Premier League title since 2004 despite beating Everton as Manchester City took the glory. To be crowned champions, the Gunners needed to beat the Toffees and hope City failed to win against West Ham. Arsenal suffered a setback when Idrissa Gueye’s deflected free-kick put Everton in front, although Takehiro Tomiyasu equalised three minutes later. While Arsenal did eventually hold up their end of the bargain with Kai Havertz’s late winner, ultimately City’s victory over West Ham took matters out of their hands.

Phil Foden’s early double for City at Etihad Stadium effectively ended the lingering hopes Arsenal had of a first title in 20 years. The Gunners were further frustrated as Everton took the lead in north London despite the home side’s dominance. After Thomas Partey fouled Dwight McNeil 25 yards out, Gueye’s free-kick took a huge deflection off the forehead of Declan Rice and flew into the net past the wrong-footed David Raya. Arsenal responded quickly, Tomiyasu equalising with a fine low finish from the edge of the area following a pull-back from Martin Odegaard. Havertz and Emile Smith Rowe both struck the woodwork in the second half, as belief visibly drained at the end of a long, losing battle for silverware.

Arsenal did find the winner, however, although it came in controversial circumstances. After Havertz tucked the ball in from close range, the video assistant referee recommended that the goal should be disallowed for a Gabriel Jesus handball in the build-up. But after reviewing the footage at the side of the pitch, referee Michael Oliver allowed the goal. There were even widespread suggestions that West Ham had pulled level, with fans caught on camera celebrating a phantom Hammers equaliser. Some supporters were even asking journalists at Emirates Stadium for confirmation of the real score in Manchester. Those celebrations turned to defiance when Rodri restored City’s two-goal advantage.

Celtic Of Glasgow Win Their 3rd Scottish League Title

Another title. Champions again. The familiar sight of Brendan Rodgers with arms aloft, hands waving, face smiling. Celtic have won their 12th Scottish Premiership title in 13 seasons. They only needed a draw from a trip to Kilmarnock to be crowned champions, but ended up winning 5-0. Celtic went into their penultimate game at the top of the table and three points clear of their rivals Rangers. That meant just a point from a draw with Kilmarnock would be enough to get their hands on the trophy. It might have just been one point, but it wasn’t guaranteed as Celtic lost their last two games at Kilmarnock.

But Celtic managed to score five goals – including two from man of the match Matt O’Riley. Celtic will lift the championship trophy in front of their home crowd after their final league match against St Mirren on Saturday 18 May. The following week, they have their chance to get their hands on more silverware as they take on Rangers in the Scottish Cup final. Any match between Celtic and Rangers is known as¬†the Old Firm derby – they are the two biggest names in Scottish football and are both based in Glasgow. No club other than Celtic and Rangers have won the Scottish league title since Aberdeen in 1985.

The End Of An Era As Marco Reus’s Final Game With Borussia Dortmund Looms Large

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus is all set to play his final game for the club and that too a Champions League final. Let us take a look at his long career in the German club. The German footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder and winger for the club Borussia Dortmund joined BVB back in 2012 and has stayed in the club till date. He recently announced the Champions League final will be his last match for the German side. Let us take a look at the career of the legendary midfielder when he donned the Black and Yellow.

Reus joined Dortmund in 2012 after leaving Borussia Mönchengladbach. Reus cited he wanted to challenge for the league title and the Champions league thus he thought that his boyhood club Dortmund was the place to go. In his first season at Dortmund, Reus led the team to a Champions League final after defeating Real Madrid in the semi final. In the final, Marco Reus was able to get his team a penalty which was successfully converted into a goal by his teammate but they still ended up losing after Bayern Munich scored a late goal thanks to Arjen Robben.

Over the next couple of seasons, Marco Reus proved to be a key player for the German giants. He has led the team to three DFL Supercups and two DFB Pokal. Over the course of his career for Dortmund, Marco Reus has played 427 matches in which he has scored 169 goals and provided 130 assists. Before starting the 2018-2019 season, Marco Reus was made club captain by the new coach. He served as the captain of BVB until 2023 when he decided to step down. In April 2021, Reus became the leading goal scorer for Dortmund in the Champions League after scoring his 18th goal in the competition. On 4th November 2023, Reus played his 400th match for Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich.

He has been linked with a move to Inter Miami to join Lionel Messi and Co. Reus’ final home league game will be this coming Saturday May 18th against lowly SV Darmstadt 98. It will be an emotional day for him and the Dortmund fans. Reus‚Äôs final game in a BVB shirt is going to be on 2nd June 2024 against Real Madrid in the Champions League Final. If Reus and Dortmund win the UCL it would be a perfect fairytale ending as Reus would win his first UCL and that too in his last game for a club he has been a part of for 12 years.

Manchester United 0 Arsenal 1

Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League and ensured the title race will go to the final day with victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Gunners delivered an unconvincing display against a severely depleted United side but did enough to secure the win that puts them one point ahead of Manchester City having played a game more. Leandro Trossard struck after 20 minutes when lazy defending from struggling veteran Casemiro played Kai Havertz onside and his cross was turned in by the Belgian at the near post.

United showed plenty of endeavour but suffered from a glaring lack of quality and never seriously tested Arsenal keeper David Raya, as their own hopes of European football next season faded further. Arsenal must now hope north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur do them a favour by getting a result at home to Manchester City on Tuesday. The Gunners host Everton in their final game of the season next Sunday, while City are at home to West Ham. The elation of Arsenal’s fans at this vital win was not dampened by the storm that arrived in Manchester just before the final whistle as skies darkened and lightning flashed around the stadium. Arsenal know Manchester City’s fate still lies in the champions’ own hands and two wins against Spurs and West Ham will take a fourth successive title to Etihad Stadium.

Mikel Arteta’s side, however, have done all they can and two hazardous-looking fixtures – away to Spurs in the north London derby and here at United, where they have suffered before – have been safely negotiated. No matter that this was an Arsenal display lacking their usual fluency – at this stage of the season the only currency that counts is wins and the visitors did the job. Once again Trossard made the difference with a trademark swoop at the near post ahead of Casemiro and Aaron Wan-Bissaka for the decisive moment. Arsenal will now hope Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou is as good as his word and they can somehow raise themselves to upset City.

The Gunners still have a chance of their first title in 20 years going into the final game of the season – and they would have happily settled for that in August.

Sporting Lisbon Win The Portuguese League With 2 Games To Go

Sporting Lisbon clinched the Primeira Liga title on Sunday after Benfica lost 2-0 against lowly Famalicao, a result that left Ruben Amorim’s side with an unassailable eight-point lead in the standings with two games left. Thousands of elated Sporting fans gathered in the capital Lisbon until the early hours of Monday to celebrate their club being crowned Portuguese league champions for the twentieth time in their history.

Soon after Benfica’s defeat, cars started to beep their horns in celebration and thousands of fans headed to Lisbon’s main square, Marques do Pombal, where players arrived on an open-top bus at around 1.40 a.m. local time. One by one, players went up a big stage set up at the square as upbeat songs were blasted from the speakers and fans waved flags and scarves. Sporting reclaimed the title three years after their last win in¬†2021, when they ended a nearly two decade-drought. The celebrations in 2021 took place during the COVID-19 pandemic and were marred by clashes between the police and fans. The 2021 victory also completed a huge turnaround in fortunes for the club after the squad was attacked¬†by angry fans at the team’s training ground in May 2018.

It was Amorim’s second league title and Sporting can extend their celebrations with a domestic double if they win the Portuguese Cup final against Porto later this month. Swedish forward Viktor Gyokeres’ goals have powered Sporting’s title success and he netted his 27th of the campaign on Saturday to wrap up their victory. Sporting will face Porto in the Portuguese Cup final on May 26th, aiming to secure a double. The striker signed from¬†Coventry City¬†last summer for a club-record fee of ‚ā¨20 million plus add-ons.

Arsenal 3 Bournemouth 0

Arsenal cruised past Bournemouth to go four points clear at the top of the Premier League before Saturday’s later games. The Gunners dominated the opening 45 minutes and took the lead just before half-time from the penalty spot. Kai Havertz was brought down by Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers and Bukayo Saka coolly rolled the ball into the net from the resulting spot-kick. Arsenal doubled their lead in the 70th minute when Declan Rice won the ball on the edge of the box and teed up Leandro Trossard, who curled the ball home from inside the area, before Rice scored in added time to boost the Gunners’ goal difference.

Bournemouth threatened a lot more in the second period and Dominic Solanke forced David Raya into a save in the second half before Justin Kluivert flashed a shot wide. The Cherries thought they had pulled a goal back through Antoine Semenyo but his strike was ruled out for a foul on David Raya by Solanke in the build up. Arsenal centre-back Gabriel also had a goal ruled out late on for offside after he smashed a volley into the top corner. The victory means Arsenal are clear at the top but their four-point lead may only last a few hours as title rivals Manchester City play later this afternoon.

During the match, Arsenal and their fans paid tribute to 14-year-old supporter Daniel Anjorin,¬†who was killed in a sword attack on Tuesday. The Gunners started the game extremely quickly and had Bournemouth under pressure for the majority of the first half. Mikel Arteta’s side had 11 shots in the opening 20 minutes of the match – the joint-most by a Premier League side this season – but for a while it looked as though it might not be their day. William Saliba had a shot well saved by Travers after he exchanged passes with Saka, before the England winger himself had an effort saved by the Bournemouth keeper. Rice had a good chance to open the scoring in the first half but he shot just wide from a Havertz knock down.

Trossard, Thomas Partey, Martin Odegaard and Takehiro Tomiyasu all had further opportunities before Saka finally made the breakthrough from the spot. The tension eased when Trossard finished well to double the lead, and Rice’s strike in added time added further gloss to the scoreline. The victory is Arsenal’s fourth win on the bounce as they keep the pressure on Manchester City and hope the champions drop points in the title race.?

Tottenham Hotspurs 2 Arsenal 3

Arsenal overcame the hurdle of a north London derby and an anxious finale to maintain momentum in the Premier League title pursuit with a vital victory at Tottenham. Mikel Arteta’s side moved four points clear at the top of the Premier League, with second-place Manchester City, who have two games in hand, playing in the later kick-off at Nottingham Forest (16:30 BST). The Gunners’ meeting with their bitter rivals was seen as arguably the most treacherous of their remaining fixtures, but they took ruthless advantage of Spurs’ defensive flaws to establish a three-goal lead by half-time.

Arsenal were then thrown off course when a dreadful clearance by goalkeeper David Raya presented Cristian Romero with a goal after 64 minutes, the nerves really jangling when Heung-min Son scored from the spot three minutes from the end of normal time after Declan Rice fouled Ben Davies. It was all so different when Arsenal went ahead after 15 minutes as the recalled Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg glanced Bukayo Saka’s corner into his own net, the England forward crowning a sweeping counter-attack with a smooth finish for the second after 27 minutes. Spurs, who saw Micky van de Ven’s goal ruled out for a marginal offside with the score 1-0, were infuriated as they claimed Leandro Trossard had fouled Dejan Kulusevski before Saka scored, and were even more frustrated when the unmarked Kai Havertz headed in Arsenal’s third from another corner seven minutes before the break.

Arsenal were then content to see out the victory, only for Raya to give Spurs hope by sending a clearance straight to Romero. An unlikely comeback seemed on when Son scored from the spot but Arteta’s side were able to close out the game, denting their arch-rivals’ hopes of a top-four finish. Spurs remain in fifth place in the Premier League, seven points behind Aston Villa with two games in hand.

The 5 Players In The Premier League Era To Play For Both Arsenal & Tottenham Hotspurs

1. Emmanuel Adebayor : ¬†is a Togolese former professional¬†footballer¬†who played as a¬†striker. During his career, he played for English clubs¬†Arsenal,¬†Manchester City,¬†Tottenham Hotspur¬†and¬†Crystal Palace, as well as French side¬†Metz, Mon√©gasque team¬†Monaco, Spanish team¬†Real Madrid, Turkish clubs¬†?stanbul Ba?ak?ehir¬†and¬†Kayserispor, Paraguay’s¬†Club Olimpia¬†and Togolese club¬†Semassi.

2. William Gallas : is a French former professional footballer who played as a defender. He played most of his footballing career in France and England before finishing his career in Australia with A-League club Perth Glory. Gallas began his career in France, before being signed by English club Chelsea in 2001. He transferred to Arsenal as part of an exchange deal in 2006. He then signed for rivals Tottenham Hotspur in 2010.

3. David Bentley : is an English former professional footballer who played primarily as a winger, but also played as a central midfielder or as a second striker. Bentley started his career with Arsenal in the Premier League, and despite being earmarked as one for the future, saw his playing opportunities limited by a strong senior squad. He spent two seasons on loan with Norwich City and Blackburn Rovers, and sealed a permanent transfer to Rovers in January 2006. Bentley soon featured regularly for the England under-21 team. He made his senior international debut against Israel in September 2007. In July 2008, Bentley joined Tottenham Hotspur.

4. Rohan Ricketts : is an English professional footballer¬†who most recently played as an¬†attacking midfielder¬†for¬†Master’s Futbol¬†of¬†League1 Ontario. Ricketts started out with¬†Arsenal, with whom he won the¬†FA Youth Cup¬†in 2000 and 2001. He made one appearance for them, in the¬†League Cup, against¬†Manchester United. In 2002, he made the unusual step of joining Arsenal’s rivals¬†Tottenham Hotspur, and became just the fourth player to make the switch from Arsenal to¬†Tottenham Hotspur and only the twelfth to appear for both sides since their formation.

5. Sol Campbell : is an English professional football¬†manager¬†and former player who was most recently the manager of¬†National League¬†club¬†Southend United. A¬†centre-back, he spent 20 years playing in the¬†Premier League¬†and had an 11-year international career with the¬†England national team. Campbell began his career with¬†Tottenham Hotspur¬†in December 1992. He spent nine years at Spurs, scoring 10 goals in 255 appearances, and¬†captaining¬†the team to victory in the¬†1999 Football League Cup Final¬†against¬†Leicester City. In 2001, he joined Tottenham’s¬†North London rivals¬†Arsenal¬†on a free transfer, and as a result has remained a deeply unpopular figure amongst Spurs supporters. In his five years and 195 appearances at Arsenal, he won two Premier League winners medals and three¬†FA Cup¬†winners medals, encompassing the 2001‚Äď02 league and FA Cup¬†double, and being part of the team that became known as¬†The Invincibles¬†for their undefeated¬†2003‚Äď04 Premier League campaign. He scored Arsenal’s only goal in their 2‚Äď1 defeat to¬†Barcelona¬†in the¬†2006 UEFA Champions League Final. In August 2006, he joined¬†Portsmouth¬†on a free transfer. His three years with the club included captaining them to victory in the¬†2008 FA Cup Final. He had a brief stint at League Two side¬†Notts County¬†before making a brief return to Arsenal and ending his career with¬†Newcastle United.

Arsenal 5 Chelsea FC 0

Arsenal suffered last week with a home Premier League defeat by Aston Villa and a Champions League quarter-final exit to Bayern Munich but the manner of this win demonstrated the title momentum is now back with Mikel Arteta’s team.

Leandro Trossard settled any early nerves when he beat Chelsea keeper Djordje Petrovic at his near post and while the visitors occasionally threatened in the first half, Nicolas Jackson missing a clear headed chance, Arsenal simply ran riot after the break. The second goal Arsenal craved came as Ben White turned in after Chelsea failed to clear a corner before former Stamford Bridge forward Kai Havertz struck twice in eight minutes, the second a quite sumptuous finish from Martin Odegaard’s magnificent pass. As Chelsea subsided in embarrassing fashion, White looped his second over Petrovic. It pushed their goal difference up to +56 – 13 better than Liverpool’s and 12 ahead of Manchester City – on what was pretty much the perfect night for Arsenal.

Arsenal supporters may have viewed this meeting with capital rivals Chelsea with a degree of trepidation after they slipped badly and were outplayed by Aston Villa in their last league game at Emirates Stadium, when it looked like the tension of life at the top got to them. The Gunners needed a fast start, which Trossard’s goal gave them, and after that they slowly but surely rediscovered the fluency and threat that looked like it had deserted them. Arteta’s side found hapless Chelsea compliant opponents but the swagger they displayed as they piled on the goals in the second half will have done wonders for self-confidence before Sunday’s crunch north London derby at Tottenham Hotspur.

At the heart of it all was captain Odegaard, composed and oozing class throughout, his delivery for Havertz’s second goal an elite moment as it allowed the German to run on and fire high past Petrovic.Every game is seen through the prism of a test of Arsenal’s character after the manner of their late collapse last season, along with recent setbacks, but the win at Wolves and thrashing handed out to Chelsea here showed the resilience that has grown in this season. They could have actually made this a more convincing scoreline such was their superiority, and the fact that Havertz was on the scoresheet twice against his former club, after a first-half performance that can be politely described as lacklustre, only added to the sweetness of victory.

The game at Spurs on Sunday will have huge ramifications for both teams and the Premier League title race but Arsenal’s spirits will be soaring after this result and performance.

Arsenal 2 Wolverhampton Wolves 0

Arsenal put their Champions League disappointment firmly in the past to beat Wolves at Molineux and move back to the top of the Premier League. Having blown their chance to leapfrog Pep Guardiola’s side six days ago by losing at home to Aston Villa, then been knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich on Wednesday, it was a welcome triumph for Mikel Arteta’s men. Leandro Trossard’s strike in the last minute of the opening period may not have been the most eye-catching of the Belgian’s career but it was perfectly timed. It came at the end of a half where Arsenal seemed to have got stuck after a bright start and nearly fell behind to Gary O’Neil’s injury-ravaged side.

The visitors dominated the second half too but were unable to carve out the clear chances that would have allowed them to take the game out of reach. Captain Martin Odegaard added the second deep into stoppage time at the end of the game, turning in from a tight angle after his initial cross had been blocked. The result means Arsenal are now a point clear of City, with a better goal difference but having played a game more. They have the chance to apply some significant pressure to the defending champions when they entertain beaten FA Cup semi-finalists Chelsea on Tuesday. Trossard has been in and out as an Arsenal player since joining from Brighton in a £21m deal in January 2023.

The Belgian has still made more substitute appearances than starts in the Premier League for the Gunners – and when things are not going well, he is an obvious candidate to be replaced. Yet he scores key goals. Since the beginning of last month alone, he has provided a winner against Porto in the Champions League, an equaliser in the home leg of the quarter-final with Bayern Munich, and now his latest effort – which takes him to 14 for the season in all competitions. Only Bukayo Saka has scored more for the Gunners. It was a scruffy effort, leaning back and on the stretch to get to Gabriel Jesus’ prodded pass. But it floated right into the top corner, out of goalkeeper Jose Sa’s reach. It changed the complexion of an evening that was starting to get a bit nervy for the visitors, who before that had allowed Wolves back into a game they had initially dominated.

Possible Arsenal 2024-2025 Home Kit Leaked Online

Pictured above the leaked image of the Arsenal 2024-25 home kit’s jersey. It has the familiar predominant red colours along with the secondary white. The blue that is also a familiar colour in previous Arsenal kits, either in patches or stripes is also seen. On first look, it is a nice looking kit and the fans should not have a problem with it. However, that is not always the case.

The leaked kit had already caused controversy¬†as it does not feature the club’s usual crest. It instead features a simplified version of the logo, with is appearing as just a cannon. That may change however when in the summer we see them being available to purchase online or at stores.

Arsenal play Wolves tonight at 7:45 pm as they look to get their title charge back on track. A win today would keep them top of the table at least until Manchester City play on Thursday.

Bayern Munich 1 Arsenal 0

Arsenal made a bitterly disappointing exit from the Champions League as they were beaten by Bayern Munich in a euphoric atmosphere at Allianz Arena. Joshua Kimmich’s powerful 63rd-minute header from Raphael Guerreiro’s cross was enough to send the Germans through to the semi-finals 3-2 on aggregate after the two teams had drawn 2-2 in London in the first leg. Despite being held at Emirates Stadium, Arsenal were confident of advancing against a Bayern Munich side who had endured a poor domestic season and were without key players Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman because of injury.

In a tight and cagey second leg, watched by Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke, Gabriel Martinelli had the best chance of the first half for the Gunners but shot straight at Manuel Neuer after Jamal Musiala had forced David Raya into a full-stretch save at the other end. While Harry Kane had just nine touches in the opening 45 minutes, Neuer was forced into another save by Martin Odegaard’s deflected attempt, which had the long-serving Bayern Munich keeper scrambling across his line.

With so much at stake for both teams, it was perhaps understandable chances were in limited supply but the second half was a livelier affair with Leon Goretzka heading against the post before Guerreiro’s follow up was scrambled away by Raya, via the post. But Kimmich’s attacking header proved decisive and ensured Arsenal’s wait to win the Champions League for the first time goes on. Bayern will meet Real Madrid in the semi-finals after the record 14-time winners¬†knocked out Manchester City on penalties.

Bayer Leverkusen Win The Bundesliga Title For The First Time In Their History

Bayer Leverkusen won their first-ever Bundesliga title following a 5-0 hammering of Werder Bremen at home on Sunday. It is Leverkusen’s first league title in their 120 years of existence. With the title, Leverkusen ended Bayern Munich’s dominance of 11 consecutive titles. Xabi Alonso-managed Leverkusen came into the fixture knowing a win would secure the title with five games to spare, but there were no signs of nerves in a dominant display. A hat-trick from Florian Wirtz alongside goals from Victor Boniface and Granit Xhaka extending their unbeaten run to a stunning 43 games in all competitions.

Bayern Munich’s 11-year dominance of the Bundesliga is broken by Xabi Alonso’s Werkself. Leverkusen’s previous best finish had been second place, something they had achieved five times in their history. Their quest to win a remarkable treble also remains alive. They take on Kaiserslautern in the domestic cup final and lead West Ham 2-0 in the Europa League quarter-final after the first leg on Thursday. With 10 minutes to go, the long-suffering fans made their way to the sidelines and a few jumped the gun, storming the pitch with the full time whistle yet to be blown.

Leverkusen players ushered the fans back into their seats. Some obliged, albeit briefly, with the stands swiftly emptying on the 90-minute mark as tearful fans made their way onto the field to celebrate with the players. Leverkusen are now on 79 points ‚ÄĒ the best tally after 29 games in German league history ‚ÄĒ and are 16 clear of second-placed Bayern and third-placed Stuttgart.

Arsenal 0 Aston Villa 2

Aston Villa produced an outstanding performance to stun Arsenal at Emirates Stadium and leave Manchester City in pole position in the Premier League title race. The game started with high anticipation for the Gunners after Liverpool’s shock home defeat by Crystal Palace, but Arsenal were desperately disappointing and well beaten as Villa boss Unai Emery made a winning return to his former club. Arsenal were fortunate to remain on level terms for so long against the impressive visitors, who secured a deserved win to move three points ahead of Tottenham in fourth having played a game more.

The only surprise was that it took Villa until six minutes from the end of normal time to open the scoring – Ollie Watkins and Youri Tielemans hit the woodwork in each half before Leon Bailey finally broke the deadlock with a low finish at the far post. Arsenal were kept out in the first half when Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez made a stunning save from Leandro Trossard, but the visitors wrapped up the win when Watkins raced clear in the 87th minute to loft a composed finish over David Raya. It completed a perfect weekend for reigning champions City, with Pep Guardiola’s side now two points clear of Arsenal who are ahead of third-placed Liverpool on goal difference.

Arsenal were presented with the perfect opportunity to strengthen their title chances after fellow contenders¬†Liverpool lost 1-0 to Palace at Anfield in Sunday’s earlier kick-off. Instead, with a heavy weight of expectation, Arsenal produced one of their worst performances of the season and can have no complaints about the outcome. The crucial moment of a tight, tense first half came when former Arsenal keeper Martinez somehow kept out Trossard’s close-range shot just before the break when it seemed certain the Belgian would score. After that Villa took charge.

Arsenal 2 Bayern Munich 2

Harry Kane returned to north London with a goal as Arsenal’s Champions League hopes were left hanging in the balance after they fought out a draw with Bayern Munich in the quarter-final first leg at Emirates Stadium. Kane, Tottenham’s record goalscorer, received a predictably hostile reception from Arsenal’s supporters, who saw the Gunners make the perfect start when Bukayo Saka’s low finish put them ahead after only 12 minutes. Bayern belied their poor form in the Bundesliga to turn the game around before the break as former Arsenal forward Serge Gnabry swept home the equaliser six minutes later.

Kane’s moment arrived when William Saliba tripped Leroy Sane at the end of a blistering run after 32 minutes. The England captain stepped forward for the resulting penalty and silenced the taunts with his 15th goal in 20 appearances against Arsenal. Mikel Arteta’s side were not at their fluent best but substitute Leandro Trossard was the beneficiary of outstanding work by Gabriel Jesus to equalise. Arsenal felt they should have had a penalty in the final seconds of stoppage time but the referee waved away their appeals when Saka went down as he was challenged by keeper Manuel Neuer.

The Gunners were arguably also fortunate not to concede a penalty themselves earlier in the half, when Gabriel picked the ball up with his hands after the referee had signalled for a goal-kick to be taken. Several Bayern players complained at the time but the referee swiftly waved their appeals away. Arsenal left the pitch amid a mood of disappointment and frustration after a performance that was unusually tentative. The Gunners’ late equaliser from Trossard, who has scored six goals as a substitute this season, sets the second leg up perfectly, although Bayern will feel they are favourites at the Allianz Arena. It rescued a respectable result from a display that lacked Arsenal’s usual fluency and defensive assurance, Gnabry’s equaliser an uncharacteristically sloppy concession starting with a mistake by Gabriel.

At the end, Arsenal were complaining bitterly that referee Glenn Nyberg should have awarded a last-gasp penalty when Saka went down but it looked like the Gunners’ forward initiated the contact with Neuer. Whether it was big-stage nerves or not, Arsenal fell short of the standards that have taken them to the top of the Premier League. This, in itself, will give Arsenal and manager Arteta hope for the second leg because they can perform so much better than they did here.

Arsenal 2 Luton Town 0

Arsenal overcame the absence of Bukayo Saka to move back to the top of the Premier League table with victory over struggling Luton at Emirates Stadium. Leading scorer Saka was missing after suffering a knock against Manchester City at the weekend, but Mikel Arteta’s much-changed side did enough to defeat their hard-working opponents and move back above Liverpool at the summit. Captain Martin Odegaard fired the hosts into the lead in the 24th minute after Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu was bundled off the ball by Emile Smith Rowe, before the Gunners doubled their advantage shortly before half-time.

Japan defender Daiki Hashioka inadvertently put past his own keeper Thomas Kaminski in the 44th minute while trying to stop Reiss Nelson after Smith Rowe was afforded too much space in the penalty area. Luton were decimated by injuries to the extent that they had 16-year-old schoolboy defender Christian Chigozie on the substitutes bench. They never allowed Arsenal to run away with it, while Gunners keeper David Raya was forced to keep out Ross Barkley’s free-kick on the stroke of half-time. Arsenal, however, were largely untroubled as they moved on to 68 points – one point clear of Liverpool, who play bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United at Anfield on Thursday (19:30 BST kick-off).

Manchester City are third, also on 67 points, after¬†they defeated Aston Villa 4-1 on Wednesday. Having seen Arsenal at their defensive best to frustrate title rivals Manchester City in¬†Sunday’s hard-fought goalless draw at Etihad Stadium, the Gunners returned to goalscoring form against Luton. With just three points separating the top three at the start of the day, goal difference could play a vital role in this most enthralling of title races. Arsenal’s 21st Premier League win of the season moved them on to plus-48, while Liverpool are on plus-40 and Manchester City are on plus-38. Arteta made five changes for the visit of relegation-threatened Luton, with the likes of Declan Rice, Gabriel Jesus and Jorginho given a rest before a busy spell of games which includes two mouth-watering fixtures with Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Manchester City 0 Arsenal 0

Manchester City and Arsenal handed Liverpool the advantage in the Premier League title race as they played out a bitterly disappointing goalless stalemate at Etihad Stadium. Liverpool are now top of the table, two points clear of Arsenal and three ahead of City, after they came from behind to beat Brighton¬† at Anfield, their delight increased by their two closest rivals cancelling each other out. This was a game that made a nonsense of its billing as a potential classic, as Arsenal’s containing tactics snuffed out City while the Gunners had only limited chances of their own in a desperately poor affair.

Nathan Ake had an early close-range header saved by Arsenal keeper David Raya before going off injured while former City striker Gabriel Jesus posed an occasional threat, just failing to connect with Bukayo Saka’s cross inches from goal after the break. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will be happier than City counterpart Pep Guardiola with this outcome – but the real winners were Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool. Arsenal arrived at Manchester City with a point to make and a chance to show their improvement at a ground where they have had a miserable record in the past. The Gunners last won here in January 2015, drawing one and losing eight of their subsequent nine visits before this game.

Here, Arteta set his side out to be fiercely drilled and well-organised to frustrate, a strategy seemingly designed to earn the point they secured rather than risk more for victory. It was a conservative approach but what it did demonstrate was that Arsenal do have more resilience and character than on previous occasions, when they have sometimes capitulated under City’s attacking assault. Arteta’s side were composed but also willing to throw bodies on the line when danger threatened, not that they were ever in serious peril of conceding – a tribute to their display in itself. They have kept clean sheets in both games against Manchester City this season, making them only the fourth team to shut out a Guardiola side twice in the same season. Whether this is one point gained or two lost remains to be seen, but Arteta seemed satisfied enough at the final whistle.

Manchester United Could Be Barred From Europe Next Season

MANCHESTER UNITED face being BARRED from Europe next season after Uefa stuck to their ban on clubs under the same ownership competing against each other. Uefa have finally published their new regulations about ‚Äėmulti-club ownership‚Äô issues. While clubs under the same ownership umbrella CAN play in Europe if they are in different competitions, the ban on clubs taking part in the SAME one remains in place. And that is where¬†Nice‚Äôs recent slump in France‚Äôs Ligue 1 could end up preventing United from playing in ANY competition next season.

Nice are fully owned by¬†Sir Jim Ratcliffe‚Äôs Ineos group, while the petrochemicals billionaire confirmed he would be ‚Äúdelegated responsibility for the management of United‚Äôs football operations‚ÄĚ as part of his minority buy-out of shares from the Glazers. Only last month, Ratcliffe claimed he had been told by Uefa there were ‚Äúno circumstances‚ÄĚ in which his ownership of Nice would prevent¬†Man Utd from playing in Europe. But Uefa have now confirmed there IS a blanket ban on clubs under the same ownership taking part in the same competition despite a revision of its rulebook. Asked to confirm the situation, a Uefa insider told SunSport: ‚ÄúIt is correct that Manchester United and Nice cannot play in the same competition.

‚ÄúThey could play in different competitions, as there is no ‚Äėfeeding‚Äô between competitions any more.‚ÄĚ Sixth-placed United appear destined for a Europa League place next season, even if English clubs earn an extra¬†Champions League¬†spot through their performances in Europe this season.