PL: Man City Finish Off Chelsea To Go 18 Points Clear


Manchester City moved 18 points clear at the top of the Premier League table after Bernardo Silva’s goal gave them victory over Chelsea.

Silva, also a scorer in the 3-0 win at Arsenal on Thursday, poked in David Silva’s cross at the back post just 35 seconds into the second half.

City dominated the game but had to be patient against a defensively-minded and unadventurous Chelsea, who did not have a shot on target in the match.

They have now lost four of their last five Premier League games and remain five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham.

The victory leaves high-flying Manchester City with just four victories from lifting the Premier League trophy.

Meanwhile, Arsenal descended to a new low losing 2-1 to Brighton & Hove Albion. Lewis Dunk’s strike after just seven minutes set the scene and came after the defender narrowly missed his 5th own goal of the season as his clearance only just cleared Matt Ryan’s cross bar.

The Brighton born defender swept home Pascal Gross’ corner to put Albion in the lead. The Seagulls had all the momentum and were starching the Gunners. Anthony Knockaert and Jose Izquierdo were seeing plenty of the ball and creating chances. Albion’s weak link appeared to be Dale Stephens who got caught in more than once and looked slow to react to pressure.
Arsenal looked astonishingly vulnerable at defending set plays. Shane Duffy had a chance to double Albion’s lead but his header went over the bar.

Ezequiel Schelotto was again galloping down the line and getting in some great positions. His endeavour was instrumental in allowing Pascal Gross to whip in a cross which Glenn Murray headed his 11th Premier League goal of the season under Peter Cech’s body. The Amex erupted and it really was a rub your eyes moment for Albion fans as the Seagulls led 2-0 after 25 minutes

Albion had certainly their tails up a quick interchange between Gross and Izquierdo saw the latter fire tamely at Cech. Gross himself had a shot on the turn smothered by Cech.

Despite it looking an unlikely scenario Arsenal pulled a goal back after Dunk scuffed a clearance and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang flicked the ball home after Henrikh Mkhitaryan sent it goalwards

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