Three successive draws and a 4-1 drubbing at reigning champion Manchester City last week had seen Arsenal’s hopes of a first title since 2004 evaporate.
Arsenal will battle until the end for the Premier League title, captain Martin Odegaard said on Tuesday after scoring doubly in a 3- 1 defeat of Chelsea that put the north London side back on top of the table for 24 hours at least.
Three consecutive draws and a 4- 1 trouncing at reigning champion Manchester City last week had seen Arsenal’s expedients of a first title since 2004 dematerialize.
City outgunned the standings for the first time since February by beating Fulham on Sunday but Arsenal has returned to form by outdistancing a floundering Chelsea side– meaning it has gone undefeated in London derbies this season.
Relentless City is two points behind the Gunners with two games in hand after eight straight league triumphs and will reclaim the top spot if it beats visiting West Ham United on Wednesday.
The manner of Arsenal’s home palm on Tuesday could sow some seeds of mistrustfulness into the heads of Pep Guardiola’s City players and Odegaard remains confident the title race isn’t over.
“Especially the first half was brilliant. We came out and showed a different spirit to last time, ” the Norwegian, who produced two superb first- half homestretches to take his league census to 14 for the season, told Sky Sports.
“We’ve to fight and keep going. We believe and will fight until the end. ”
Arsenal faces third- placed Newcastle United down in their coming league game, by which time it could be four points adrift if City beat West Ham and Leeds United at home.
But director Mikel Arteta said the important thing was that Arsenal had got their mojo back after a dangerous April.
“We’ve four games to go and we’re top of the league, ” he said. “ The first 60 twinkles, I allowed the platoon played really well.
“We need to be us, and that was everything I want to see from our platoon. Speed, quality, movement, two beautiful pretensions, we connected with our crowd and created an inconceivable atmosphere. ”
The one negative was an injury to protector Gabriel who limped off near the end.
“He tried for 10 to fifteen twinkles and he couldn’t carry on. A big concern, ” said Arteta, who’s formerly without Gabriel’s fellow centre back William Saliba through injury.
Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League on Tuesday with a 3- 1 palm over a woeful Chelsea, set on its way by two pretensions from Martin Odegaard, but the title is still Manchester City’s to lose having played two games lower than the leader.
Arsenal contended into a 3- 0 halftime lead when captain Odegaard was given acres of space- twice- by Chelsea’s flimsy defence to score in the 18th and 31st twinkles, and Gabriel Jesus converted from close- range 11 twinkles before the break.
Arsenal’s first palm in five games took them to 78 points, two further than alternate- placed City- the reigning champion- who has the chance to reclaim the top spot when it hosts West Ham United on Wednesday.
After losing to City 4- 1 last week, Mikel Arteta made three changes, including giving striker Leandro Trossard a launch in the place of Gabriel Martinelli and handing Jakub Kiwior his first league start in midfield.
His side dominated its slumping London rival straight from the kick- off as it sought to shake off last week’s potentially title- deciding reversal.
Granit Xhaka, who handed assists for both Odegaard’s strikes, nearly opened the scoring himself in the opening twinkles but he was baffled by Kepa Arrizabalaga who went on to make saves in the alternate half that averted an Arsenal rout.
“Everyone was so hurt after the game (against City), ” Odegaard said after taking his league thing census for the season to 14.
“We used the wrathfulness and the disappointment to get back into this game. You can lose games but the way we lost, we didn’t play our game and weren’t ourselves, that was the most painful thing, and we wanted to show a different side and we surely did, ” the Norwegian told Sky Sports.
Chelsea lost for the sixth time in six games in all competitions since interim trainer Frank Lampard replaced Graham Potter last month, a dismal run for a club that was culminated European champion as lately as two times agone.
But Chelsea at least managed to score only its alternate thing in eight games when Noni Madueke squeezed the ball past Aaron Ramsdale in the 65th nanosecond for his first strike since subscribing from PSV Eindhoven in January.
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