Race for the top four
This weekend produced some interesting results regarding the Champions League places in the Premier League. Just over two weeks ago Spurs were still trying to mount a title challenge, but a lot has changed since then. They have been dragged into the battle of the top four after going four League games without a win. They lost back to back games against Burnley and Chelsea and then drew against Arsenal. Their latest loss came on the weekend when they played Southampton. Kane put Spurs ahead and it looked like they would get out of their slump, however, goals from Valery and a free-kick from Ward-Prowse gave Southampton the win.
Arsenal played Manchester United on Sunday. This game used to be a title decider but now the rivalry has returned as they are both fighting to make the Champions League places. Arsenal took the lead in the first half after De Gea misjudged a shot from Xhaka. United had some good chances with Lukaku hitting the crossbar and then missing from less than 10 yards out. However, Fred brought Lacazette down in the area and Arsenal got a penalty, which Aubameyang kept his nerve and slotted home after missing last week against Spurs.
Arsenals win coupled with Spurs losing means that Arsenal are now only one point behind Spurs in third. Even After United losing they are also still only two points behind Arsenal and three points behind Tottenham. Chelsea faced Wolves on the weekend and wanted to avoid a repeat of their loss in December. However, Chelsea went behind in the second half to a Jimenez goal and it looked like they were going to lose the game until the 92nd minute when Hazard smashed a shot from outside the box into the bottom ride hand corner to salvage a draw. This draw puts Chelsea three points behind Arsenal in fourth but they have a game in hand still to play. With only 8 games remaining every match will very important and a must win. With only four points separating 6th to 3rd it will be interesting to see who finished in the final two spots with Liverpool and Manchester all but guaranteed to make the Champions League.