Arsenal is still a sprightly leader of the Premier League in England. The Gunners beat Leeds 4-1 with a goal from Granit Xhaka.
The Londoners maintain an eight-point lead over Manchester City, who won by the same score against Liverpool, but with one more match played.
Xhaka is having a good time. After two indisputable successes with the Swiss team against Belarus (5-0) and Israel (3-0), the Basel-born player continued his fine form with an indisputable victory against Leeds. In a game where Gabriel Jesus rediscovered the joys of scoring with a double, including a penalty, Xhaka contributed to the 4-1 scoreline. He headed in a precise cross from Martin Odegaard, beyond the reach of the Leeds Goalkeeper (84th minute). He then came off to cheers from the stadium.
City win without Haaland
Despite the absence of Erling Haaland and Mohamed Salah‘s opening goal, Manchester City were too strong for Liverpool (4-1).
This match between the two main title contenders in recent years confirmed the gap that exists between the two teams this year. With Manuel Akanji as a starter, City was in control practically throughout the match, asserting their collective superiority.
In the absence of their Norwegian striker with 42 goals in 37 matches in all competitions, Argentine world champion Julian Alvarez, scorer of the equalizer and involved in two other goals, did more than fill in.
For Liverpool, who will travel to Chelsea midweek before hosting Arsenal next weekend, their European dream is now hanging by a thread.