Arsenal, Tottenham and Man Utd’s remaining fixtures with top four race going to the wire:

Differing results for Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United over the weekend had a big impact on the battle for Champions League football, but plenty can still change

The top four race could be decided by the North London Derby in May:
The top four race could be decided by the North London Derby in May:

Arsenal have gained the upper hand in the race for a top four finish once again, but there is still work to do if Mikel Arteta’s side are to qualify for the Champions League:.

The Gunners: were 3-1 victors against Manchester United: at the Emirates Stadium, with goals from Nuno Tavares, Bukayo Saka and Granit Xhaka leading them to three points. Tottenham: Hotspur had a chance to move back above them on goal difference with a win at Brentford, but could only manage a goalless draw and survived a late scare when Ivan Toney headed against the post.

United’s defeat in north London left interim manager Ralf Rangnick conceding his side can all but wave goodbye to their hopes of a top four finish, with the six-point gap to Arsenal: looking unassailable. On Sunday, meanwhile, a dramatic late win for Chelsea: against: West Ham: meant it will be tough for both Arsenal and Spurs to catch the Blues.

With just four games left for United, and five for the two north London sides, Mirror Football: takes a closer look at the teams battling it out to finish fourth.


After three defeats on the spin threatened to derail Arsenal’s bid for a top four finish, successive victories have seen things swing back in their favor. Eddie Nketiah’s return has been a big factor, with the striker netting twice in a win at: Chelsea:while the win on Saturday gave them back-to-back victories for the first time in more than a month.

Next up for Arsenal is a trip to West Ham, whose own top four hopes were dealt what might be a fatal blow by Christian Pulisic’s late winner for Chelsea. The Hammers are expected to be without a senior center-back for the game, though, with Craig Dawson suspended and Angelo Ogbonna, Kurt Zouma and Issa Diop all injured.

After that comes another home game, with Leeds United visiting the Emirates Stadium, followed by what could be a massive North London Derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Arteta’s side will then round off the season with a trip to: Newcastle: United and a home meeting with an: Everton: side who could be fighting for their lives after dropping into the bottom three this weekend.

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Arsenal moved up to fourth by beating Man Utd:


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Tottenham Hotspur:

After failing to climb back above Arsenal in Saturday’s late kick-off, Spurs will look to get back on track after a worrying couple of weekends. The Brentford draw was an improvement on a home defeat against: Brighton:but it still represented two successive games without a goal.

Like their neighbors, Spurs’ next game is against a team with European commitments either side of the league fixture. Leicester: City are up against Roma in their Europa Conference League semi-final, and Conte may hope that game remains delicately poised when the Foxes come to London.

May 7 brings the toughest test on paper, with a trip to title-chasing: Liverpool:, after which they will know the exact lay of the land going into the derby. Conte’s men round off the season against two strugglers – Norwich might already be down before the final day meeting at Carrow Road, but before that there is a home game against a Burnley: side dreaming of safety after climbing out of the bottom three with a third win in five games.

Spurs have failed to score in either of their last two games:


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Manchester United:

Man Utd midfielder Scott McTominay admitted the final few games are all about pride for Ralf Rangnick’s side after Saturday’s defeat. “Going out on the pitch and showing a bit of balls in your performances and not shying away from the ball or not doing everything right,” the Scot said.

Things would be tough for Rangnick’s men even without the two sides above them meeting on May 12. However, with that extra game in Arsenal and Spurs’ favor, the task for United becomes even tougher.

The players can show incoming manager Erik ten Hag what they’re capable of in the quartet of games, beginning with a game against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Thursday. United are at home again next weekend, welcoming in-form Brentford, before rounding out the campaign with away games against Brighton and Crystal Palace:.

Arsenal fixtures: West Ham (a), Leeds (h), Tottenham (a), Newcastle (a), Everton (h).

Tottenham fixtures: Leicester (h), Liverpool (a), Arsenal (h), Burnley (h), Norwich (a).

Man Utd fixtures: Chelsea (h), Brentford (h), Brighton (a), Crystal Palace (a).

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