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Premier League review: Champion chasers close the gap

It was another action-packed weekend of Premier League action as Manchester City made the most of Arsenal's slip-up to close the gap to the leaders.

The Gunners were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Brentford, a clash that involved more VAR controversy, before City defeated Aston Villa 3-1 to reduce the deficit at the top to just three points.

Those results have seen City cut into 1/1 favourites to retain the Premier League title, while Mikel Arteta's men are now available at 11/10.

Chelsea's struggles under Graham Potter continued as they only managed a 1-1 draw at relegation-threatened West Ham, while Leicester hit Tottenham for four and Fulham's impressive return to the top flight continued.

Newcastle came away from the south coast with a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth, Brighton were held to the same scoreline at Crystal Palace and Manchester United recorded a 2-0 win at Leeds United.

Elsewhere, Southampton lost 2-1 to 10-man Wolves in a result that ultimately cost Nathan Jones his job at St Mary's.

Sticky spell continues for Arsenal

After back-to-back defeats to City in the FA Cup and Everton in the league, Mikel Arteta would have been desperate to see his side return to winning ways in Saturday's visit of Brentford.

Leandro Trossard's 66th-minute strike - his first since arriving from Brighton in January - gave the Gunners the lead before Ivan Toney levelled the scores eight minutes later in controversial circumstances.

It has since been revealed that video assistant referee operator Lee Mason did not draw the VAR guidelines to check for offside on the equaliser, that coming after an initial check for a potential foul on Gabriel from Ethan Pinnock was cleared.

Referees' body PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) has put the incident down to "human error", but this was not the only issue over the weekend that put the spotlight back on VAR.

City closing in

With Arsenal dropping points again, City managed to make the most of the opportunity to reduce the deficit at the top with a comfortable win over Villa.

Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan and a Riyad Mahrez penalty put the Citizens 3-0 ahead at the break, before Ollie Watkins grabbed a consolation in the second half for Unai Emery's side.

Pep Guardiola's men are now three points behind Arsenal having played a game more than the Gunners, with even more significance placed on Wednesday's meeting between the pair at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal are 19/10 in Full Time Result, while the draw is 13/5 and the Citizens are 5/4.

Blues frustrated by Soucek 'save'

In the midday kick-off at the London Stadium, Chelsea were left frustrated after Connor Gallagher's 89th-minute shot clearly struck Tomas Soucek's hand in the box, but VAR made no decision on the incident.

Graham Potter says the midfielder made a "good save" as the Blues were held to a 1-1 draw, a result that leaves them 10 points adrift of the Champions League places.

Chelsea have now drawn their last three matches to fall 10 points behind Newcastle, and they are 12/1 to finish in the top four. They next face a trip to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday evening in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

VAR trouble crops up again at Selhurst Park

The VAR controversies continued at Selhurst Park in the clash between Crystal Palace and Brighton, who incorrectly had a goal ruled out in the 1-1 draw when Pervis Estupinan was deemed to be offside.

However, the offside line was wrongly drawn from James Tomkins rather than his fellow Palace defender Marc Guehi, who was standing just behind him and would have played Estupinan onside.

The Seagulls remain sixth in the standings, six points off the Champions League places and priced at 9/2 to Finish in Top 4, while the Eagles are 12th in the table and six points clear of the relegation zone.

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Cottagers on the charge as Magpies draw again

Fulham's impressive return to the Premier League continued on Saturday with a 2-0 home victory over Nottingham Forest, who remain six points clear of the bottom three.

Willian and Manor Solomon were both on the scoresheet for the Cottagers, who have climbed to seventh and are six points adrift of fourth-placed Newcastle.

The Magpies had to come from behind at Bournemouth to pick up a 1-1 draw at the Vitality Stadium, with Miguel Almiron's 10th league goal cancelling out Marcos Senesi's effort.

Kieran Trippier did clear one off the line in the dying minutes, ensuring Newcastle headed back to the North East with a share of the spoils after chalking up an 11th draw of the campaign. Eddie Howe's men are 5/6 to finish the season in a Champions League place.

End of the road for Jones

Southampton's relegation fears were increased further as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Wolves, who had Mario Lemina sent off after Carlos Alcaraz had put the Saints ahead.

Julen Lopetegui's visitors battled back against the odds and were level through a Jan Bednarek own-goal in the 72nd minute, before January signing Joao Gomes grabbed the winner on his debut three minutes from time.

That defeat proved to be the final straw for the Southampton board, who confirmed the sacking of Nathan Jones after just three months at the helm.

The Saints, 1/6 to be relegated, are rooted to the foot of the table, four points from safety, and their search for a third manager of the campaign has now begun.

Leicester on the rise

One of the biggest results of the weekend came at the King Power Stadium as Leicester's revival continued with a thumping 4-1 victory over top-four chasing Tottenham.

Nampalys Mendy, James Maddison, Kelechi Iheanacho and Harvey Barnes were all on target for the Foxes, with those goals all coming after Rodrigo Bentancur had earlier given Spurs the lead.

Brendan Rodgers' side have now climbed to 13th place, six points above the drop zone, while Tottenham stay fifth and are now two points behind Newcastle, who have played a game less than Antonio Conte's men.

Rashford on song for Red Devils

Manchester United extended their unbeaten streak to six games across all competitions with a 2-0 victory at Leeds United, who had come away from the clash at Old Trafford with a 2-2 draw just four days earlier.

England international Marcus Rashford - priced at 10/1 in the Top Goalscorer Without Erling Braut Haaland market - opened the scoring with his 21st goal of the season in the 80th minute, while Alejandro Garnacho then made sure of the points five minutes later.

It was perhaps a harsh result on the Whites, who had created numerous chances during the contest, but they weren't clinical enough in the final third and remain just a point and a place above the bottom three.

The Red Devils are now just five points behind leaders Arsenal, although Erik ten Hag's troops have played two more games than the Gunners. United are 1/10 to secure a return to the Champions League, while they are on offer at 14/1 to win the Premier League.

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