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PL title race: Arsenal turn up the heat and beat Bournemouth 3-0

… While City outscored Wolves 5-1

Arsenal continue their title campaign with a dominant victory over Bournemouth, fueling pressure for a first Premier League title in 20 years.

The Gunners took an early four-point lead over City, who later thumped Wolves to reduce the gap at the top to one point.

With both teams winning their matches on Saturday, it is now a two-horse race for the Premier League; although Liverpool have a date with Spurs at Anfield later today.

A penalty from Bukayo Saka and second-half strikes from Leandro Trossard and Declan Rice earned the hosts a 3-0 win that leaves them top of the table after the weekend’s action.

However, Man City got the memo pretty well by responding to Arsenal’s battle call, going 3-0 up against Wolves in the opening 45 minutes.

Erling Haaland scored a back-to-back hat-trick against Wolves after doing the same in the 2022/23 season.

Haaland is now the first Premier League player to score five hat-tricks, all at the Etihad.

The fate of the title is still out of Arsenal’s hands as reigning champions Manchester City have a game in hand.

But Mikel Arteta’s side can keep the race going until the final matchday by winning their remaining matches – with a trip to Manchester United and the visit of Everton on the final day.

Being well on top, it took until their 16th shot for Arsenal to break the deadlock when Saka converted from 12 yards after Kai Havertz had made a mistake.

Trossard’s goal secured the points even though Bournemouth were denied a late goal that would have resulted in a grandstand finish as Dominic Solanke was penalized for a push on David Raya.

Ryan Christie was lucky to escape any form of punishment for catching Saka with a big challenge as Bournemouth had to throw bodies for shots almost immediately – William Saliba appeared in the visitors’ box to test Mark Travers as the pressure started on build.

Thomas Partey’s low effort was timid enough for Travers to go behind for a corner, while Rice shot wide from twelve yards, with the opening goal yet to come despite Arsenal’s dominance.

That changed just before the break when referee David Coote pointed to a penalty after it was judged that Travers had brought down Havertz.

A VAR check confirmed the decision on the pitch and Saka calmly rolled in the resulting penalty to give the Gunners a deserved half-time lead.

Saka missed a chance to double the lead shortly after the restart, but shot into the penalty area when he was free and Travers saved again before keeping out a Havertz attack.

However, Manchester City came back for the second half with more attacking fire, but it was Wolves who scored first before Haaland made it 4-1 to City.

Rodri finds Julian Alvarez on the left side of the goal. The Argentinian proves to be a golden substitute, as he makes five for City in the 85th minute.

Alvarez makes space before firing a left-footed shot towards the far post to beat Sa.

The win moved City, chasing an unprecedented fourth consecutive league crown, back within a point of the Gunners with a game in hand.