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EPL 2021 scores, news, results, Arsenal vs Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton

Manchester City opened up a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win over bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United, while Everton’s bid for a top-four finish was dented by a shock home defeat by Newcastle.

And Arsenal and Manchester United played out a tense goalless draw at the Emirates which saw Arsenal’s new loan signing Martin Odegaard make his debut off the bench, while Gunners striker Alexandre Lacazette is under an injury cloud after falling heavily in the dying minutes.

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A physical battle between hosts Arsenal and Manchester United finished all square on a cold night in north London, despite some decent chances from both sides.

Edinson Cavani missed two chances in the six-yard box, somewhat of a surprise for the veteran goal poach, including an acrobatic attempt in the 89th minute which fizzed just past the post.

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Alexandre Lacazette came closest to finding the net, with a free kick slamming into the crossbar.

Arsenal overtake Chelsea into ninth place, while United remain stuck in second, three behind leaders Manchester City (who won earlier in the day) and having played a game more.

Arsenal’s unbeaten run improves to seven games, while Manchester United made history with a club-record 18th league game away from home without defeat. It was also Arsenal’s fourth-straight clean sheet at home, with David Luiz starring in a disciplined performance from the back line.

Arsenal’s recently-arrived loan starlet Martin Odegaard emerged off the bench late, but couldn’t have much of an impact in the dying minutes despite some neat touches.

Meanwhile Alexandre Lacazette copped a bruising late knock and limpoed gingerly off the pitch when he leapt high into the air in a duel with United defender Harry Maguire. The French striker slammed his head hard into the turf and lay prone for some time, and appeared groggy as he made his way off the park.

It was the second successive match United had dropped points in after their shock defeat against Sheffield United in midweek.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have won just one of their last four league games, stalling the momentum of their title challenge.

City also have a game in hand on their bitter rivals as the title race hots up. “The Sheffield United result of course was disappointing when you’re at home. If you feel, away at Arsenal, you deserve a win that’s a step forward,” Solskjaer said.

“We take the point and move on to Southampton on Tuesday. It’s like an NBA season this, on the road again.”


Aston Villa moved above the Gunners into eighth after Ross Barkley’s header earned a 1-0 win at Southampton.

Dean Smith’s men had goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to thank for brilliant saves to deny Che Adams and Jan Bednarek, while Danny Ings had a goal ruled out for offside deep into stoppage time as Southampton slumped to a third straight league defeat

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Barkley was set up by Jack Grealish, who moved to third on the league assist charts with his ninth of the campaign.

But Southampton were left fuming over the Ings offside, which was incredibly fractional, as well as a controversial non-penalty inside ten minutes when Matty Cash handled the ball in the box.


Gabriel Jesus scored the only goal inside the first 10 minutes at the Etihad as City extended their winning run to 12 games in all competitions.

Pep Guardiola’s men thrashed West Brom 5-0 in midweek, but after beating Manchester United away on Wednesday, the Blades again belied their lowly position to put up a fight against the leaders.

“People think if we won the last one 5-0, we will win this one 5-0. This is the real world, not a fairytale,” said Guardiola.

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“Today when I see Sheffield is bottom of the league. You see his team and realise how tough is the Premier League.” Ferran Torres and Jesus were two of five changes made by Guardiola and they combined to make the breakthrough as the Brazilian tapped home for his first Premier League goal since November.

City failed to build on the lead, but comfortably held out for a 15th clean sheet in their last 19 games to pull clear of second-placed Manchester United.


At the other end of the table, Newcastle were the big winners of the day as they pulled clear of the drop zone with a first win in 12 games, while two of the bottom three West Brom and Fulham played out a 2-2 draw.

Magpies manager Steve Bruce’s future was under the spotlight after a wretched run that plunged his side into the relegation dogfight.


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But Callum Wilson scored twice in the final 17 minutes to earn a deserved 2-0 victory at Goodison Park on a bad day for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

“We were lazy, we were slow, we were not focused,” said Ancelotti. Everton could have moved to within a point of local rivals Liverpool in fourth with a win, but rarely looked like scoring and were finally punished for a poor performance when Wilson lost his marker at a Jonjo Shelvey corner and looped a header across Jordan Pickford and inside the far upright.

Wilson was then denied by the post after rounding Pickford, but the former Bournemouth striker made no mistake when Newcastle countered quickly in stoppage time.

“There’s no disputing it — it’s been very difficult,” said Bruce. “We’re trying to be more on the front foot and push up the pitch. That’s something we want to do more. We were a lot better.”

Bruce’s men are now eight points clear of the relegation zone after a point each did little for West Brom or Fulham’s battle to beat the drop.

The visitors were dominant in the first half at the Hawthorns and were made to regret not building on Bobby Decordova-Reid’s opener.

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Kyle Bartley levelled for the Baggies two minutes into the second half before new signing Mbaye Diagne teed up Matheus Pereira to turn the game around.

Ivan Cavaleiro’s equaliser ensured Fulham remain above West Brom in 18th and edged to within four points of safety.

Crystal Palace eased fears they could be dragged into a scrap for survival as Eberechi Eze’s winner earned the Eagles a 1-0 win over Wolves to move up to 13th.

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