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Arsenal survive Tottenham scare to extend Premier League lead to four points

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Arsenal survived a late scare at Tottenham Hotspur to stay four points ahead in the race for the Premier League title on Sunday.

A 3-2 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium ensured Mikel Arteta’s team will remain at the top of the Premier League standings and keep pressure on defending champion Manchester City, set to play Nottingham Forest later on Sunday.

Bidding to stay one step ahead of Manchester City in the title race, Mikel Arteta’s side silenced the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a three-goal blast before half-time.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s own goal put Arsenal ahead before Bukayo Saka and Kai Havertz netted to leave Arsenal in complete control.

But Arsenal had to endure a nervous finish despite powering to a 3-0 lead in a London derby that was supposed to be one of its biggest tests in the title chase.

Tottenham responded in the second half through Cristian Romero and Son Heung-min’s penalty in the 87th minute.

Under pressure, Arsenal held on to extend its lead over second-place City to four points. After the match against Forest, City will still have a game in hand.

Arsenal took the lead against Spurs through Pierre-Emile Hojberg’s own goal in the 15th. Bukayo Saka added a second in the 27th and Kai Havertz made it 3-0 at the break with another in the 38th.

Romero capitalized on Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya’s errant kick in the 64th to set up a potential comeback.

Arsenal sit four points clear of second-placed Man City, who face struggling Nottingham Forest later on Sunday in the first of two games in hand over the Gunners.