This past Easter weekend we seen two teams biding for a top four place, loose a footing on Champions League qualification. And another team step up the heat in their bid to secure the Premier League trophy.
Manchester United had a tough task of their own, faced with a tricky away trip to Everton Sunday lunchtime. While Arsenal welcomed Crystal Palace to the Emirates Stadium in the race for that coveted fourth place. Title contenders Liverpool faced the task of travelling to Wales to take on relegation threatened Cardiff.
Liverpool had the chance to leap-frog Manchester City into first place in the Premier League standings, with City playing their game in hand this Wednesday night. It was Liverpool who put the heat on their title contenders, defeating a hapless Cardiff City team 2-0.
Goals came from Georginio Wijnaldum and a penalty from James Milner. Cardiff did have chances but Liverpool, the much better side showed their title credentials and put the pressure on Man City who play in the Manchester Derby on Wednesday night.
The attention turned to Man United v Everton in a huge game on Sunday. Surprisingly Everton came out of the gates flying, scoring two goals inside the first half hour through Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson. United looked like they weren’t on their game at all, when further goals came through left-back Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott added insult to injury, in a very one-sided contest.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wasn’t at all happy with his teams performance, apologising to the fans and was brutally honest post-match about some of his players futures at the club. United sit in sixth place on 64 points.
Up next Arsenal had their chance to cement their position in fourth place, with a home tie against Londoners Crystal Palace. The opponents Palace took a shock lead through Christian Benteke with 17 minutes gone, until Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil pulled one back. Palace who seem to be a bogey team for many of the top four over recent years, scored two unanswered goals through Wilfried Zaha and James McArthur, going into a 3-1 lead.
The home side Arsenal, tried to regain a footing with only 20 minutes left in the contest. In-form striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made the game a one goal contest, but Arsenal couldn’t get another to take even a point from the contest.
Manager Unai Emery felt his players had a Europa League hangover, from their excellent Thursday night victory over Italian-side Napoli. This was certainly three points lost, however Arsenal remaining in fourth place with 66 points.