Arsenal Hold Manchester City’s Champions League hopes in doubt

Manchester City’s participation in next season’s Champions League is in doubt after they drew 2-2 with Arsenal on Sunday to give Manchester United the chance to overtake them.

Arsenal plunged Manchester City’s Champions League qualification chances into doubt by twice coming from behind to draw 2-2 in a gripping Premier League game on Sunday.

Alexis Sanchez earned Arsenal a point with a 68th-minute goal that leaves his third-place team on the cusp of guaranteeing yet another top-four finish under manager Arsene Wenger.

City went ahead through Sergio Aguero in the eighth minute and Kevin De Bruyne in the 51st, only for Olivier Giroud to score the first equalizer and then set up Sanchez for the second.

City is in fourth place — the final Champions League qualification berth — but will be overtaken by Manchester United, should its great rival beat West Ham on Tuesday. The final round of games is next weekend, when Arsenal needs only a point at home to already-relegated Aston Villa to qualify for the Champions League.

The final round of games is next weekend, when Arsenal need only a point at home to already-relegated Aston Villa to qualify for the Champions League.

This was Manuel Pellegrini’s final home match in charge of City before he is replaced by Pep Guardiola in the offseason, and it’s not the way he wanted to bid farewell to Etihad Stadium.

Liverpool beat Watford

Joe Allen and Robert
o Firmino scored for Liverpool in a 2-0 win over Watfordy.

Allen provided the finish from Christian Benteke’s nod-down to put a heavily rotated Liverpool side ahead in the 35th minute.

Firmino came off the bench to settle the game for Liverpool, with his 76th-minute shot squirming past goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

Liverpool stayed in eighth place and with a top-four finish beyond the Reds, they are putting most of their focus on their Europa League final against Sevilla on May 18.

Watford have two games left and are free from relegation danger.

Tottenham lose at Southampton


Tottenham squandered a lead for the second time this week to lose 2-1 to Southampton on Sunday, jeopardizing their attempt to finish in second place in the English Premier League.

Steven Davis scored either side of halftime, after Son Heung-min put Spurs ahead in the 16th minute, to lift Southampton into sixth place and boost the team’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Europa League.

Spurs’ title hopes ended on Monday after throwing away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Chelsea. They are second with one game left — at Newcastle next weekend — and can still be overtaken by Arsenal or Manchester City.

Southampton moved above West Ham and are three points behind Manchester United.

Davis squeezed in the winner from the edge of the penalty area in the 72nd minute, soon after a drinks break for the heat, after exchanging passes with Dusan Tadic. The same players combined for the equalizer in the 31st, with Tadic reaching the byline and crossing for Davis to clip a low finish past Huge Lloris from close range.

Tottenham have now gone three games without a win since thrashing Stoke 4-0 away, seemingly setting Mauricio Pochettino’s side up for a tilt at a first Premier League title. That is in Leicester’s hands now, though.

The intensity of the opening period couldn’t last but it was still City looking more dangerous, with Jesus Navas getting plenty of space on the right wing but failing to find his men in the middle.

Arsenal lost Danny Welbeck to injury midway through the first half — potentially a worry for England ahead of its Euro 2016 squad selection on Thursday — and then fell behind in the 51st.

De Bruyne collected the ball and drove forward, before cutting inside and unleashing a low shot that went through the legs of Gabriel Paulista and just inside the near post.

Theo Walcott’s introduction as a substitute gave Arsenal more thrust going forward and City had started to tire by the time Sanchez equalized.

Giroud was involved again, providing a deft lay-off from Sanchez’s pass and the Chile forward reached the return ball before shooting first-time past Joe Hart from the edge of the area.

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