Arsenal flies away, Chelsea revives, Newcastle varnished

The Gunners now have 47 points against 38 at City, beaten on Saturday in the derby (2-1) against United.

The Spurs (33 pts) remain 5th at 5 units from Newcastle and the Red Devils, 3rd and 4th.

While the North London derby is traditionally one of the hottest in England, this one was snuffed out in the first half by Arsenal who hunkered down in the second.

The Spurs, true to their reputation, again delivered a sluggish start, and the ball from Lloris, who deflected a powerful cross from Bukayo Saka into his cages only made things worse (0-1, 14th).

If he then caught up with a parry left hand on a strike from Martin Odegaard (22nd) or an outing at the feet of Eddy Nketiah (70th), his post saved him on a volley from Thomas Partey (25th). ) before Odegaard, halfway, doubled the bet (0-2, 36th).

Sharp in front, the Gunners were also able to count on an effective Aaron Ramsdale in the cages and elected man of the match, coming out well ahead of Son Heung-min (18th), before defeating Harry Kane (45 + 2, 50th), Ryan Sessegnon (52nd) and Richarlison (82nd). A real performance of a possible future champion

Chelsea move again

While he broke the bank again behind the scenes, to recruit the Ukrainian Mykhailo Mudryk for 100 million euros, Chelsea offered a capital success against Palace (1-0).

With 28 points, the Blues remain 10th and ten units from the qualifying places for the Champions League, but the Londoners, and especially their coach, Graham Potter, needed it badly.

With the first tenure of Frenchman Benoît Badiashile alongside Thiago Silva, in the middle, and the presentation at the break of Mudryk, wrapped in a Ukrainian flag, just a few minutes after the formalization of his signature, it’s a whiff fresh air that swept through Stamford Bridge.

The game itself was not exciting. In line with most recent matches – except the 4-0 conceded in the FA Cup at Manchester City – Chelsea were diligent and determined and it was above all the small touch of success that made the difference.

It was manifested in particular by the goal of Kai Havertz on a cross from Hakim Zyiech following a corner played in two stages (1-0, 65th) and in the last quarter of an hour crossed without damage to the score, despite a palpable feverishness.

But we will have to confirm the slight upturn next week with a trip to Liverpool, in a match that is practically double or nothing for the two teams.

Newcastle clings

Facing Fulham who had dominated Chelsea in the middle of the week (2-1), the Magpies found the fault at the very end of the match (1-0), after being saved by a slip from Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic which led to the cancellation of the penalty he had converted.

Overtaken on Saturday by Manchester United, who had taken the best of City (2-1), during the derby, Newcastle regained their 3rd place on goal difference (38 pts, 22 against +8), one length behind the champion England in title.

And these are three points that could weigh heavily at the end of the season, as the ax has passed very close.

In the 65th minute, four minutes after Fabian Schär found the post on a free kick 20 meters away, on the other side of the field, the VAR allowed Fulham (6th, 31 pts) to benefit from a penalty .

Responsible for the low works, the Serb Mitrovic rushed and scored in a slide, but on slow motion, the referee found that the ball had touched both feet and that the penalty was therefore not valid, giving a free kick to Newcastle.

Worse still for the promoted, which is one of the surprise teams of the season, at the very end of the match, Callum Wilson tore himself off to straighten a center from Sean Longstaff and the Swede Alexander Isak, entered a quarter of an hour later. early, headed the ball into the empty goal (1-0, 89th).