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Arsenal and Manchester City boosted their chances of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday as they beat Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion, respectively.
City’s 3-1 win takes them to third place in the Premier League, two points ahead of Liverpool, while the Gunners are one point behind the Reds having dispatched Sunderland 2-0.
Here’s the updated table:
|9||West Bromwich Albion||37||12||9||16||42||49||-7||45|
City took the lead through Gabriel Jesus after 27 minutes, with the Brazilian tapping home from close range after getting on the end of Kevin De Bruyne’s cross.
Jesus has been ruthless in the league this year, per OptaJoe:
6 – Gabriel Jesus has scored six times from eight shots on target in the Premier League for Man City. Clinical.
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Fresh from his 16th Premier League assist of the season, De Bruyne then found the net himself less than two minutes later.
The Belgian curled home from distance after a delightful team move from City that left West Brom scrambling.
Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News hailed the Belgian:
Stuart Brennan @StuBrennanMEN
Aguero again instrumental and when the ball broke to @DeBruyneKev he creamed it into the far corner. Great finish
5/16/2017, 7:29:57 PM
City should have had a penalty in the second half when James McClean felled Jesus in the area, but soon after they had a third when Yaya Toure exchanged a lovely one-two with Sergio Aguero before tucking home.
Hal Robson-Kanu swept in a late consolation for the Baggies when he made a darting near-post run to connect with McClean’s cross from the right.
Arsenal had an altogether more frustrating time against Sunderland as they came up against the outstanding Jordan Pickford.
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The goalkeeper denied the Gunners at virtually every turn as the Black Cats threatened to hit them on the counter, but deep into the second half Alexis Sanchez broke the deadlock with a close-range finish from Mesut Ozil’s cross.
Sanchez bagged a second when he headed in Pickford’s reaction save to deny Olivier Giroud from close range.
Squawka Football highlighted their dominance:
Squawka Football @Squawka
Arsenal had a whopping 36 shots against Sunderland tonight; the most they’ve managed in a Premier League game in any of the last 6 seasons. https://t.co/abOz5meDAu
5/16/2017, 8:56:00 PM
City are almost assured of a top-four finish and can guarantee it if they can pick up a point at Watford on the final day of the season.
Arsenal are one point behind Liverpool and are relying on the Reds dropping points at home to Middlesbrough, while the Gunners will take on Everton at the Emirates.