Arsenal goes four clear; Newcastle downs Manchester United

Arsenal goes four clear; Newcastle downs Manchester United

LONDON — Arsenal took the chance to open up a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday and Newcastle beat Manchester United 1-0 to climb above them in the table.

Everton enjoyed its first win since being docked 10 points as they beat Nottingham Forest 1-0, while Burnley earned home points for the first time this season by hammering Sheffield United which ended the day rock bottom after a 5-0 thrashing.

Early goals by Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard put Arsenal in control against Wolves at The Emirates but Mikel Arteta’s side had to withstand a late rally by the visitors.

Arsenal now holds its largest lead of the table since April when it was five clear of eventual champions Manchester City.

Arteta needs no reminding of how that title race panned out with his side ultimately collapsing, but they are again showing the consistency to sustain a long challenge.

Arsenal has 33 points from 14 games with City on 29 ahead of its home game against injury-hit Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Liverpool and Aston Villa, which has 28 points, is also in action on Sunday against Fulham and Bournemouth.

Anthony Gordon scored the only goal in Newcastle’s deserved 1-0 victory over Manchester United that propelled it up to fifth in the table on 26 points. — Reuters