Arsenal have been boosted by the surprise result of Premier League match-day 32 between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at the Molineux Stadium on Tuesday night.
Fellow top four rivals Manchester United fell to a shocking 2-1 away defeat at the hands of a fantastic Wolves side.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men started the game brilliantly and went ahead with a beautiful shot from Scot McTominay in the 13th minute, as United dominated the first 20 minutes, creating a handful of chances earlier on.
However, it was Wolves that ended the first half on the high, as they took charge of the game from the somewhere around the 20th minute till the end of the first half, managing to pull level on the 25th minute with a sensationally times pass from Raul Jimenez to Diogo Jota to find the back of the net from the 18 yard box.
United were expected to increase their tempo in the second half, but struggled for most part, and it showed as captain Ashley Young saw red after picking up two yellow cards in the space of 5 minutes.
That would prove costly as Nuno Espirito Santo’s men turned up the heat on the Red Devils, and their efforts paid off in the 77th minute as United defender Chris Smalling turned in the ball in his own net following a scuffle with teammate David De Gea.
Man Utd were expected to go into 3rd place and above Arsenal and Tottenham on the log with a win over Wolves. But that was not the case and United remain 5th and have now played one game (32) more than the Gunners (31) and Spurs (31).
Wolves have surely placed Arsenal in a strong position to lock-down a top four spot with just 7 games left till the end of the season.
Asides having more away games to play than home games (5 away), (2 home), Arsenal will not take on any side in the top six.
United on the other hand, have games against bitter rivals and title contenders Manchester City to consider as well as fellow top four contenders Chelsea before the end of the season.
An away win for Unai Emery and his men against Everton at the Goodison Part this weekend will surely go a long way for Arsenal to secure Champions League football for next season.
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