Ref Watch: Should Arteta’s ball-boy incident have been penalised?

Dermot Gallagher dissects the big flashpoints from the weekend’s action and explains why Mikel Arteta didn’t commit an offence when leaving his technical area to act as ball boy for Arsenal in Sunday’s 3-2 win at Watford.

Watford 2-3 Arsenal

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of Arsenal’s win against Watford in the Premier League.

INCIDENT: Bukayo Saka barged Tom Cleverley to regain possession in the build up to his goal, which restored Arsenal’s lead after Cucho Hernandez’s acrobatic equaliser. But did the Arsenal forward foul Cleverley to win back possession – and if so should the goal have been ruled out?

VERDICT: No foul, the goal should stand.

DERMOT SAYS: The referee has the best view, he is so close, and he says no. He thinks he has won the ball. We have to accept that there is going to be physical contact. We talk about minimising physical contact, but I think we have to be careful we don’t sanitise the game. There is always going to be physical contact, the referee is looking straight at it, he thinks Saka is too strong for him and he plays on.

Stephen Warnock: “One thing we talk about is the reaction of the player and Tom Cleverly gets up straight away, there is no moaning from the player. That tells you everything when you see the replay. There’s no complaints whatsoever. I didn’t think it was a foul at all.”

Sue Smith: “I thought it was a great challenge, and I think Cleverley is more frustrated that he’s had the ball pinched off him, rather than there being a foul.”

INCIDENT: Gabriel Martinelli scored Arsenal’s third goal, which proved to be the winner but, in the build up, manager Mikel Arteta left his technical area, so his side could take a quick throw and counter Watford quickly. Should the goal be disallowed because Arteta came out of his technical area?

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Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta played ballboy to help set up Arsenal’s third goal scored by Gabriel Martinelli.

VERDICT: Goal should stand.

DERMOT SAYS: The fourth official is the sole judge of the technical area, he is meant to monitor the manager, stop him going outside and encroaching onto the pitch.

He has allowed him to go out, whether he has been too slow to stop him I don’t know. What you would say – he hasn’t committed an offence, he’s become almost a ball boy. You wouldn’t expect him to let the ball run past him. We’re talking about this because it resulted in a goal incredibly, but all he’s done is being guilty of coming out of his technical area.

Stephen Warnock: “I think it is fine, really quick thinking from him. He has effectively become a ball boy – I think it was really clever from Mikel Arteta.”

Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester City’s win over Manchester United in the Premier League.

INCIDENT: Phil Foden had his appeals for a penalty turned down in the first half after a tussle with Harry Maguire in the penalty area, but the official awarded a foul against the Manchester City forward. Should City have been awarded a penalty?

VERDICT: Foden fouls Maguire first, no penalty. Free-kick was the right decision.

DERMOT SAYS: The referee gave the foul on Harry Maguire. I think he is right, the first foul is on Maguire. There’s no doubt Maguire grabs him, but he has already blown, indicating that Foden fouled him first. No penalty.

INCIDENT: Riyad Mahrez was almost denied his second goal in Sunday’s Manchester derby after the linesman initially flagged for an offside, in what appeared to be a very tight call. VAR used the lines to show he was marginally onside – was it the right call?

VERDICT: Goal should have stood, good decision.

DERMOT SAYS: It’s the right decision by both people, actually. The assistant allows it to play out, he thinks it is offside, but allows it to play out until its conclusion. He then goes back and puts his flag up. VAR checks it and it was very tight, but both parties got it correct.

Liverpool 1-0 West Ham

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool’s win over West Ham in the Premier League.

INCIDENT: There were question marks over whether Sadio Mane was offside in the build up to the only goal of Saturday’s contest with West Ham at Anfield. VAR checked it and ruled that the on-field decision should stand to allow the goal – was that the right call?

VERDICT: We have to trust the lines, the goal should stand.

DERMOT SAYS: You look at it [without the lines], and you don’t know. That’s the dilemma an assistant has and that is why VAR is where it is now. It’s ruled just onside and you have to go with it.

Everybody questioned it because everyone sees it through the prism of their own club. Non-Liverpool fans will want no goal, Liverpool fans will want a goal.

INCIDENT: There were some appeals for a penalty after the ball struck West Ham defender Kurt Zouma’s hand. No penalty was given – should it have been?

VERDICT: No penalty.

DERMOT SAYS: I don’t think this was ever going to be given. He was so close, it is hit straight at him, his arms are by his side. It does hit his hands, but he makes no movement toward the ball. It’s just not a penalty.

Norwich 1-3 Brentford

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Highlights from Brentford’s win at Norwich in the Premier League.

INCIDENT: Ben Gibson gave away a penalty after his high boot connected with the head of Pontus Jansson at a corner. Was it the right decision to award a penalty?

VERDICT: It was a penalty.

DERMOT SAYS: I think it all depends on contact and proximity to the player. There was contact on the back of his head, and in this case there was a player to challenge for the ball, and he has caught him on the back of the head. I think anybody who raises a boot that high and catches a player is always going to be penalised if a referee sees it.

INCIDENT: Gibson was involved in Brentford’s second penalty after he was adjudged to have brought down Ivan Toney in the penalty area with a sliding challenge. Was it the right call?

VERDICT: It was a penalty.

DERMOT SAYS: He just didn’t need to make that challenge, he needs to just hold his ground. But once he makes that challenge Toney is clever, he moves the ball to the left so Ben Gibson can’t get it and it is always going to be a penalty.

INCIDENT: Norwich thought they had pulled one back in the 67th minute through Milot Rashica, but VAR ruled Teemu Pukki offside during the build-up to the disallowed goal. It was a tight call and there were question marks over whether Pukki had touched the ball. Should the goal have stood.

VERDICT: It was the correct call, offside.

DERMOT SAYS: It is so tight, and you can see why VAR has to rule on this, because they had to put the lines on to see if Puuki is offside. I think he got a touch, but even if he doesn’t, he is in the goalkeeper’s line of view anyhow, so he would have been penalised for offside, I feel.

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Arteta on Saka: Euro 2020 penalty response ‘great’ for his career

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes Bukayo Saka’s penalty miss at Euro 2020 was “great for his career” after the England international scored one goal and set up another in the 3-2 win at Watford.

Saka provided the assist for Martin Odegaard’s early opener at Vicarage Road, which was soon cancelled out by Cucho Hernandez’s overhead kick.

The Arsenal academy graduate then restored his side’s advantage after a well-worked one-two with Alexandre Lacazette, before Gabriel Martinelli added a third.

The Gunners looked to be cruising before Moussa Sissoko pulled a goal back in the 87th minute, but the Hornets were unable to find an equaliser.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of Arsenal’s win against Watford in the Premier League.

Saka missed the decisive spot-kick during England’s agonising Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy at Wembley, and then suffered racist abuse online, along with Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford, who also missed penalties.

“I think Bukayo had an experience in the summer that not a lot of players would ever have and I think it was great for his career because the football world showed how much they like him and how much they respect him,” Arteta said.

“I think that was a big boost for him to realise in difficult moments that people are going to give him support, and the club did exactly the same as his team-mates.

“Then it’s about giving him that space. What he is already doing is phenomenal and he needs that room. Don’t read too much, do what you do.

“Football is his priority in life and you can see that every day in training and he needs to continue to behave and live the way that he is doing.”

Arteta believes Saka, who has enjoyed an impressive season so far, is better for the experience.

“I think so,” Arteta added. “I think experiences like that mark your career. And what you learn from those difficult moments is much more probably than if you had scored that goal.”

Arteta on Saka and Odegaard…

Arteta on the understanding between Saka and Martin Odegaard:

“I think it’s between them. The way the game flows, the way we attack, how we adapt our positions relating to each other, how we move the ball.

“The speed of the movement, the timing if it is much better, the position that we get, the threat and the sense of having the capacity to create the chances that we have done is much better and we have to keep developing that.”

Saka: Champions League football is the dream

Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka to Sky Sports:

“These games we really need to win and we showed we can win like this.

“This is the dream this year to be in the top four and qualify for Champions League football. We have to stay humble and focus for now, and speak about it at the end of the season.”

Arteta: I don’t like to look at the table

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta on the race for the Premier League’s top-four:

“To be fair, I don’t like to look at the table a lot because we have games in hand, we’re going to play different fixtures and I know the objective and it’s only one, to try and improve tomorrow on what we’ve done today and go into the next match and that’s it.

“I cannot control results and I cannot predict which matches we are going to win, draw or lose, it’s impossible.

“If I start to do that I think we’re going to lose focus in what we want to do.”

‘Outstanding’ Saka earns plaudits

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Arsenal re-took the lead at Watford thanks to an excellent finish by Bukayo Saka.

The Sky Sports punditry team were queuing up to praise man-of-the-match Bukayo Saka after the game.

Jamie Redknapp said: “Saka was the outstanding player on show. Everything about his game was class.

“He showed great strength for his goal and played a lovely one-two and the finish into the far corner is so hard to stop. It was a brilliant goal. What a player.”

Roy Keane added: “We’ve mentioned Saka before and he was absolutely outstanding. It was very simple but very effective, the nice and tidy give-and-go with Odegaard for the first goal.

“There was nothing the goalkeeper could do about it. To be fair to Watford, they kept going but they were short of quality. They just concede so many.”

Alan Smith, meanwhile, said: “The best players make the game look easy and Bukayo Saka has done that today. He’s been absolutely superb. What a talent.”

Arteta: Everybody can contribute

Mikel Arteta on if he gets an assist for Arsenal’s third goal:

“I don’t know. But if it helped the team a little bit to get what we wanted, that’s exactly what we need. Everybody can contribute somehow and I had the opportunity to do that, so it’s good.”

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Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta played ballboy to help set up Arsenal’s third goal scored by Gabriel Martinelli

Arteta’s warning for in-form Arsenal

Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli celebrates with his team-mates after he scored his side's third goal (AP)
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Analysis from Sky Sports’ Nick Wright:

Arsenal moved up to fourth with their 3-2 win over Watford at Vicarage Road and there seems little danger of complacency creeping in under Mikel Arteta.

The Arsenal manager cut a frustrated figure on the touchline for much of the encounter – even berating his players immediately after they had scored their second goal – and later used the opening section of his post-match press conference to chastise their defensive display.

“We were really good going forward,” he said. “We had the right organisation and energy to do it and we scored three magnificent goals, but we didn’t have the same energy and commitment defensively,” he said. “That’s why we suffered.”

Arsenal's Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game
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And suffer they did. All three of their goals were beautifully worked, featuring slick passing exchanges reminiscent of Arsenal’s best sides under Arsene Wenger, but at the other end their carelessness presented Watford with chances a better side would have taken.

Arsenal hung on in the end, surviving five minutes of stoppage time after Moussa Sissoko had reduced their advantage late on, but Arteta’s eagerness to focus on the flaws in their performance shows he knows there is a long way to go in the race for a Champions League finish.

His exciting young Arsenal side have put their destiny firmly in their own hands with a run of eight wins from 10 Premier League games. But there are bigger tests ahead if they are to make it over the line and, at the back, at least, Arteta knows they will need to be stronger.

Hodgson: I can’t ask any more from the players

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Watford manager Roy Hodgson says he was pleased with his side’s overall performance in the 3-2 defeat to Arsenal in the Premier League but admits the mistakes they made were punished.

Watford manager Roy Hodgson said he could not have asked for any more of his players after they pushed the Gunners all the way and scored two goals in a game for the first time since November.

“This is Watford at the bottom of the table against Arsenal,” said Hodgson.

“They haven’t lost a game since goodness knows when, they’ve got about two games in hand and they are one point behind the top four in the country.

“We always knew that we were going to have to pull out a lot of stops to get something from the game.

I don’t think I can ask any more from the players and what they gave Watford Football Club and the fans today, I really don’t.”

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Watford travel to Wolves on Thursday in the Premier League (7.30pm) while Arsenal play next Sunday, live on Super Sunday, against Leicester City (4.30pm).

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Saka helps Arsenal overcome Watford in thriller

Bukayo Saka scored one goal and set up another as Arsenal moved up to fourth in the Premier League table with a thrilling 3-2 win over Watford at Vicarage Road.

Martin Odegaard opened the scoring with the first of three beautifully-worked Arsenal goals when he slid a low finish past Ben Foster after exchanging passes with Saka in the early stages (5).

Watford responded well, with Cucho Hernandez netting the pick of the afternoon’s goals when he slammed home a stunning overhead kick from Kiko Femenia’s right-wing cross (11).

But the Gunners seized control of the game, and the top-four race, when the outstanding Saka won possession high up the pitch and found Alexandre Lacazette, who backheeled the ball back into his path, allowing him to lift a powerful finish high into the net from just inside the Watford box (30).

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Martin Odegaard finished off a flowing Arsenal team move to put them 1-0 up

Arsenal extended their lead shortly after half-time when Gabriel Martinelli rifled home from outside the box following a classy move involving Cedric Soares, Odegaard and Lacazette (52) after manager Mikel Arteta had quickly retrieved the ball for a throw-in.

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Cucho Hernandez draws Watford level against Arsenal with a sensational overhead kick

But Watford continued to threaten, and after substitute Eddie Nketiah had hit the post for Arsenal, Moussa Sissoko pulled a goal back (87) with an angled finish to set up a nervy finale for the travelling fans.

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Watford: Foster (6), Femenia (7), Cathcart (6), Samir (6), Kamara (7), Cleverley (6), Louza (7), Sissoko (7), Cucho Hernandez (8), Dennis (6), Joao Pedro (7).

Subs: .Kayembe (6), Kalu (6).

Arsenal: Ramsdale (6), Cedric Soares (6), White (6), Gabriel (6), Tierney (6), Partey (7), Xhaka (6), Saka (9), Odegaard (8), Martinelli (8), Lacazette (7).

Subs: Pepe (6), Nketiah (6), Holding (6)

Man of the match: Bukayo Saka

The Gunners survived five minutes of stoppage time, however, to claim their eighth Premier League victory in their last 10 games, moving them into the Champions League places at the expense of Manchester United.

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Arsenal re-took the lead at Watford thanks to an excellent finish by Bukayo Saka

Watford will feel they could have taken something from the game, if only they shown more cutting edge in front of goal.

Emmanuel Dennis had the ball in the net after 17 seconds, only to be flagged offside, but the Nigerian missed their best chances after that, seeing one low effort scrambled away by Aaron Ramsdale and later missing a glorious opportunity when he failed to connect properly with a low cross at the far post.

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Mikel Arteta played a pivotal role in Arsenal’s third goal against Watford, with the Arsenal coach swiftly throwing the ball to Saka to continue the attack.

The Hornets also felt they should have had a penalty soon after Arsenal’s third, when Joao Pedro went to ground under pressure from Odegaard, who was in otherwise dazzling form, but in the end they didn’t do enough to salvage anything from the game, despite Sissoko’s late strike.

Their performance was spirited but the defeat is their fourth in seven Premier League games since Roy Hodgson’s appointment and leaves them in 19th place, intensifying their relegation fears.

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Moussa Sissoko’s goal for Watford three minutes from time made it 3-2

Arteta on his ‘assist’: I saw an advantage and I took it

Asked about his role in Arsenal’s third goal, Mikel Arteta told Sky Sports: “I saw an advantage and I took it; we have to be alive and that is the way I live the game. I try to instill that in the team as well.”

On moving into the top four, he added: “It is very pleasing. We know how difficult it is to be in this position in this league. We’ve earned it; we have come a long way as a team.”

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says the 3-2 win over Watford in the Premier League shows his side have come a long way together

That despite the flaws in their performance. Arteta said: “We had great attacking moments, but I wasn’t pleased with our organisation.

“We didn’t dominate and play the way we wanted. Credit to Watford, but a lot of it was down to us; we should have done better and there is a lot to improve.”

Hodgson: My players gave everything

Watford boss Roy Hodgson said: “On the whole I thought we did about as well as I could have hoped against a very good team in top form. We worked very hard, and I’ve got no criticism of my players after that.

“We had what would have been a wonderful start with that early goal that was chalked off. I thought we did well to get back into it after they went ahead, and while the players’ efforts to get an equaliser at 2-1 led to their third, we kept going and made it an exciting finish.

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Watford manager Roy Hodgson says he was pleased with his side’s overall performance in the 3-2 defeat to Arsenal but admits their mistakes were punished

“I didn’t think we made them work hard enough for their goals and we paid the price for our mistakes, but we were good value for our goals.

“We had the ball in their penalty area on a lot of occasions, and Arsenal had to defend quite desperately which is a sign that we retained a positive approach throughout.”

‘Outstanding’ Saka earns plaudits

The Sky Sports punditry team were queuing up to praise man-of-the-match Bukayo Saka after the game.

Jamie Redknapp said: “Saka was the outstanding player on show. Everything about his game was class.

He showed great strength for his goal and played a lovely one-two and the finish into the far corner is so hard to stop. It was a brilliant goal. What a player.”

Roy Keane added: “We’ve mentioned Saka before and he was absolutely outstanding. It was very simple but very effective, the nice and tidy give-and-go with Odegaard for the first goal.

“There was nothing the goalkeeper could do about it. To be fair to Watford, they kept going but they were short of quality. They just concede so many.”

Alan Smith, meanwhile, said: “The best players make the game look easy and Bukayo Saka has done that today. He’s been absolutely superb. What a talent.”

Arsenal’s young guns shine

  • Arsenal in 2021-22 (Smith Rowe, Saka, Martinelli) are just the fourth different side to have three different players aged 21 or younger net five or more times in the same campaign after Chelsea (2019-20), Leeds (1998-99) and Man Utd (1995-96).
  • With five league goals for Arsenal, this is now Martin Odegaard’s best goal scoring campaign in a top-five league season. Indeed, the Norwegian ended a run of eight consecutive Premier League appearances without a goal.
  • Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has been directly involved in more goals than any other under-21 player in the Premier League this season (13 – eight goals, five assists).

What next?

Watford travel to Wolves on Thursday in the Premier League (7.30pm) while Arsenal play next Sunday, live on Super Sunday, against Leicester City (4.30pm).

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Arsenal late show stuns Wolves to ignite top-four charge

Arsenal ignited their top-four challenge with a dramatic comeback against Wolves as Jose Sa’s own goal in the fifth minute of stoppage-time clinched a 2-1 win at a buoyant Emirates Stadium.

Alexandre Lacazette forced the goal having missed a succession of earlier chances, his close-range, angled effort bouncing in off the Wolves goalkeeper after substitute Nicolas Pepe had come off the bench to equalise in the 82nd minute.

Earlier, Hwang Hee-chan had given Wolves a 10th-minute lead when he latched onto an underhit backpass by Gabriel Magalhaes and rounded Aaron Ramsdale before slotting into an empty net.

Bruno Lage’s side, who were seeking to avenge their 1-0 loss at Molineux two weeks ago, defended superbly after that, with Conor Coady, Max Kilman and Romain Saiss helping to keep the wasteful Gunners at bay.

But Arsenal finally made the breakthrough when substitutes Pepe and Eddie Nketiah combined, and the dramatic winning goal, a moment of redemption for Lacazette, ensured Arsenal moved up to fifth, a point off Manchester United with two games in hand.

Mikel Arteta’s side came into the game hoping to capitalise on Tottenham’s defeat to Burnley on Wednesday but Hwang’s early strike, when he punished Gabriel’s error, stunned the home fans.

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Arsenal had started brightly, seeing a penalty appeal turned down inside the first minute when Nelson Semedo tangled with Gabriel Martinelli.

But the momentum shifted with the visitors’ opener and they should have doubled their lead when Raul Jimenez dragged wide from Daniel Podence’s through-ball soon afterwards.

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Arsenal: Ramsdale (6), Soares (6), White (7), Gabriel (5), Tierney (6), Partey (7), Xhaka (6), Saka (7), Odegaard (8), Martinelli (6), Lacazette (6).

Subs: Pepe (8), Nketiah (7), Tavares (6).

Wolves: Jose Sa (6), Kilman (7), Coady (8), Saiss (7), Semedo (6), Moutinho (7), Neves (7), Ait-Nouri (6), Hwang (7), Podence (8), Jimenez (6).

Subs: Jonny (6), Neto (5), Dendoncker (6).

Man of the match: Martin Odegaard.

Arsenal rallied, creating a series of chances in the first half, but they were frustrated by a combination of poor shooting and heroic Wolves defending, with Saiss, Coady and Kilman making crucial blocks to deny Bukayo Saka and Lacazette.

Wolves threatened again either side of the break, with Jimenez heading wide and Hwang firing a low effort just past the post from another fine Podence through-ball, but Arsenal dominated from then on.

Despite their domination, though, their frustration only grew as they displayed a familiar lack of cutting edge with Lacazette the most culpable as he repeatedly fluffed his lines in front of goal.

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It was left to Pepe to make the breakthrough, the Ivorian turning smartly and firing past Sa from Nketiah’s cut-back for a timely first Premier League goal of the season, and after Wolves substitute Pedro Neto spurned a huge chance to put the visitors back in front at the other end, his low shot creeping wide after taking a touch off Gabriel, the stage was set for a dramatic finale.

Lacazette provided it, finally forcing the ball into the net after a total of eight shots without success, and while it was not credited to him, it did at least allow him to soak up the adulation of the fans as Arsenal savoured a potentially crucial victory.

Lacazette hails ‘amazing’ win

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette told Amazon Prime: “I feel really happy, it is amazing to win this kind of game in the last minute.

“We really wanted this win because we know it is important to be at the top of the table.

“I knew it was the end of the game and Nicolas Pepe gave me a good ball. It went in and we are happy with the three points.

“A bit sad it is not gone down for me, I want to score, but most important is to win.

“We had a difficult January but we are coming back better in February.”

‘Proud’ Lage: Wolves deserved more

Wolves boss Bruno Lage said: “This is football. It is 96 minutes and we need to be in the game all the minutes.

“We had three good chances to go 2-0. Arsenal then come and score two goals and get the three points.

“It was a good game. I think we deserved more than we got but this is football.

“I am proud of my players. We played well, we came here to play with our personality.

“We don’t win together but now is to recover and go again against West Ham.”

What’s next?

Arsenal’s next game is away to Watford on Sunday, March 6 in the Premier League – kick-off 2pm – while Wolves travel to West Ham on Sunday, live on Sky Sports from 1pm; kick-off 2pm.


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Manchester City vs Liverpool is among the Premier League fixtures to be shown live on Sky Sports in April.

In a fixture that is set to play a huge role in the destination of the title, Jurgen Klopp will take his side to the Etihad Stadium to face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on the weekend of April 9.

The game is currently scheduled for Sunday April 10, live on Sky Sports with kick-off 4.30pm, but will be moved to Saturday April 9 at 5.30pm, also live on Sky Sports, should either Man City or Liverpool participate in the Champions League quarter-final second leg on Tuesday April 12. Man City have a 5-0 first-leg lead over Sporting Lisbon from the last 16, while Liverpool have a 2-0 lead over Inter Milan from their first leg.

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The following weekend, Newcaslte host Wolves on Friday Night Football on April 8 at 8pm, before Tottenham go to Aston Villa on Saturday Night Football at 5.30pm, though that will be moved to Sunday April 10 should either Man City or Liverpool make the Champions League quarter-final.

Norwich vs Burnley is also on Sky Sports on Super Sunday at 2pm on April 10.

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Saturday February 26: Everton vs Man City, kick-off 5.30pm

Sunday February 27: West Ham vs Wolves, kick-off 2pm

Saturday March 5: Liverpool vs West Ham, kick-off 5.30pm

Sunday March 6: Watford vs Arsenal, kick-off 2pm

Sunday March 6: Man City vs Man Utd, kick-off 4.30pm

Monday March 7: Tottenham vs Everton, kick-off 8pm

Saturday March 12: Man Utd vs Tottenham, kick-off 5.30pm

Sunday March 13: Chelsea vs Newcastle, kick-off 2pm

Sunday March 13: Arsenal vs Leicester, kick-off 4.30pm

Monday March 14: Crystal Palace vs Man City, kick-off 8pm

Wednesday March 16: Arsenal vs Liverpool, kick-off 8.15pm

Friday March 18: Wolves vs Leeds, kick-off 8pm

Saturday March 19: Burnley vs Southampton, kick-off 5.30pm*

Sunday March 20: Tottenham vs West Ham, kick-off 2pm*

Sunday March 20: Liverpool vs Man Utd, kick-off 4.30pm*

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Saturday April 2: Manchester United vs Leicester, kick-off 5.30pm

Sunday April 3: West Ham vs Everton, kick-off 2pm

Sunday April 3: Tottenham vs Newcastle, kick-off 4.30pm

Monday April 4: Crystal Palace vs Arsenal, kick-off 8pm

Friday April 8: Newcastle vs Wolves, kick-off 8pm

Saturday April 9: Aston Villa vs Tottenham, kick-off 5.30pm**

Sunday April 10: Norwich vs Burnley, kick-off 2pm

Sunday April 10: Manchester City vs Liverpool, kick-off, 4.30pm**

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A round-up of all the action from matchweek 26 in the Premier League as Tottenham breathed new life in the title race with a win over Manchester City and Manchester United travelled to Elland Road to face Leeds United

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Key dates for the 2021/22 season

The 2021/22 Premier League season will end on May 22, 2022, with all 10 games kicking off at the same time.

2021/22 EFL season: Next season’s League One campaign will finish on the weekend of April 30 2022, with League Two and the Championship on one of May 7 and May 8 respectively.

The League One play-off final will then be held on Saturday, May 21, the League Two play-off final on Saturday, May 28, and the Championship play-off final on Sunday, May 29.

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