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Penalties win it for the top 3; Arsenal and Manchester United pick up crucial wins

City, Chelsea and Liverpool record nervy wins

It wasn't all plain sailing for the title contenders this weekend as all three teams needed penalties to pick up wins. Manchester City beat 10-men Wolves to stay top of the table. Raheem Sterling joined the Premier League centurion club with his 100th league goal to win the game for City.

Wolves were reduced to 10 men in the first half when Jon Moss issued two yellows to Raul Jimenez in the space of 48 seconds. The first yellow was for a foul on Rodri and he received a second straight after for blocking the free-kick. Wolves held on well with 10-men but City were awarded a controversial penalty for a handball by Joao Moutinho. The ball seemed to hit his armpits and ribs area but VAR didn't overturn the decision.

Steven Gerrard's return to Anfield resulted in a loss for Aston Villa as they were beaten 1-0 by Liverpool. Villa played well but conceded a soft penalty in the 67th minute. Tyrone Mings fouled Salah in the 18-yard box and the Egyptian made no mistake from the spot to score his

14th league goal of the season.

Chelsea kept up the pace with City and Liverpool with a 3-2 win over Leeds at Stamford Bridge. Jorginho scored twice including a 94th-minute penalty to win the game for the Blues. Leeds hit the front through a penalty from Raphinha in the 28th minute. Chelsea hit back with two goals on either side of half-time from Mason Mount and Jorginho to take the lead. Joe Gelhardt scored his first Premier League goal to equalize for Leeds in the 83rd minute. It looked like Leeds would take a point but Mateusz Klich made a silly foul on Rudiger to give away a penalty which was calmly converted by Jorginho again.

This means there is no change in the top 3 for now with City on 38, Liverpool on 37 and Chelsea on 36 points.

Arsenal and United win to intensify top-four race

Manchester United won their third consecutive game in the Premier League by beating Norwich 1-0 at Carrow Road. Cristiano Ronaldo won and scored the penalty in the 2nd half to win the game. The Canaries created some good chances and frustrated United who were not at their best.

Arsenal got back on track after two defeats to cruise past Southampton. Goals from Lacazette and Martin Odegaard in the first half gave the Gunners a two-goal lead going into the break. Gabriel made it three in the 2nd half with a towering header. Arsenal moved to within two points of West Ham in fourth with the win.

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