Arsenal can take solace in the fact that Chelsea are there to be caught

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Chelsea’s defeat at Old Trafford means that Antonio Conte’s side face a scrap for the 4th and final Champions League place.

The Blues led against Manchester United through a goal from Willian, but United hit back with strikes from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard to take themselves back above Liverpool into second place, a position Liverpool had briefly held overnight following their 4-1 at Anfield over West Ham United.

Mo Salah was in the goals yet again for Liverpool as they comfortably swept aside a West Ham side that must still have relegation fears.

As is often the case, Harry Kane was the hero for Tottenham Hotspur scoring a late winner against Crystal Palace. The victory saw Spurs move ahead of Chelsea in the table and the confidence gained from grinding out the result must give them hope of another top-four finish.

Burnley, despite their very indifferent form of late, still sit in 7th place, albeit 8 points behind Arsenal who have a game in hand. Their 1-1 draw with Southampton will be considered a disappointing result considering they led against Southampton, courtesy of an Ashley Barnes bundle over the line. The draw does nothing to ease Southampton’s relegation worries as they remain above the drop zone on goal difference only.

Leicester City, therefore, missed the opportunity to move into 7th place themselves, drawing 1-1 at home to Stoke City in the weekend’s opening fixture. Shaqiri had given Stoke the lead in a match they were in control of, but a blunder by Jack Butland saw Leicester get a very fortunate equaliser and meant Stoke dropped two valuable points. They are 19th, but just a point from safety.

Watford beat Everton at home thanks to a first goal in open play in months from their captain Troy Deeney. It was another uninspiring display by Sam Allardyce’s Everton who somehow remain 9th, a point ahead of Watford in 10th.

Bournemouth trailed Newcastle United 2-0 with just ten minutes remaining, but a fine late rally meant that they shared the points, the game ending 2-2. The draw keeps Bournemouth at the right end of the relegation scrap but does little to help Newcastle who are two points above the relegation zone. To put that into context, the win would have seen them in the relative safe spot of 12th.

However, it is Brighton who are basking in 12th spot this evening having put four past a surprisingly poor Swansea City. The 4-1 loss sees Swansea back in the relegation zone on goal difference, sitting just below Crystal Palace.

Huddersfield were also big winners in the race for safety. They beat West Bromwich Albion, probably the only side you could consider doomed, 2-1 at the Hawthorns and now have a three-point gap between them and a return to the Championship.