Arsenal kept alive their chances of entering the top-four as a Robert Huth own goal provided them with a 1-0 victory over Leicester City. Tottenham, meanwhile, piled more pressure on table toppers Chelsea, as Christian Eriksen's superb long-range strike secured a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Nacho Monreal, who scored in Arsenal's FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester City, continued his fine form in front of the goal as his strike in the 86th minute deflected in wickedly off Leicester's German defender Huth.
In Arsene Wenger's 20-year tenure, Arsenal
The victory moved Arsenal up into sixth place, three points behind Manchester United and four adrift of fourth-placed City, with the Manchester rivals facing each other on Thursday.
“Every win gives you a little more momentum. I don't have a preference for the Manchester derby, we don't have to look much at the others. We just have to look after ourselves. The target is clear for us,” Arsenal manager Wenger said after the match.
Crystal Palace 0 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs, appearing as an eminent threat for Antonio Conte’s side, had struggled to break down a disciplined Palace for maximum time in the game and it seemed like they would have to settle with a stalemate.
But with five minutes remaining in the game, Eriksen fired into the bottom corner from 30 yards to keep Spurs within four points of Chelsea.
Spurs moved to 74 points, surpassing their previous best Premier League total of 72 achieved in 2012-13 when they finished fifth. Palace
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Sunderland will play Bournemouth at the weekend and could be relegated if they fail to win and other results go against them. The Black Cats are now at the bottom of the league table, having spent 236 days in the relegation zone.
Middlesbrough cannot be relegated this weekend but they are slated to face tough contests against Manchester City, Chelsea,
Sunderland manager David Moyes said, "I've never been in this position before so it's new to me. It's something I'm not enjoying. We didn't get a good result but I thought we played well. It was a poor goal that we gave away but I can't fault the players or their efforts. We tried to build play up, make opportunities, but I wasn't disappointed with the performance."
Bale attempted 2.6 shots per game this SLL, while Benzema has attempted 2 shots.
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