Ronaldo’s 100th PL goal in vain as Arsenal go fourth

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 100th Premier League goal but it was not enough to stop Arsenal moving into fourth thanks to a 3-1 victory over Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.

Ronaldo, who was starting for the first time since the announcement of the death of his newborn son, scored his landmark goal in the 34th minute as he pulled a goal back for Man Utd after they fell behind following Nuno Tavares’ early goal (3) and Bukayo Saka’s penalty.

Despite trailing, United produced a vastly-improved performance from their 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool in midweek, and they were gifted a penalty of their own early in the second half after Tavares’ inexplicable handball.

However, they failed to take advantage as Bruno Fernandes’ spot-kick hit the outside of the post, and it proved a costly miss as Granit Xhaka produced a thunderbolt of a strike to secure what could be a crucial victory in Arsenal’s bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Victory sees the Gunners move into fourth spot in the Premier League and three points ahead of their north London rivals Tottenham, who travel to Brentford

Arsenal face a trip to London rivals West Ham in the Premier League next Sunday while Manchester United has another herculean task against London opposition as they face Chelsea at Old Trafford on Thursday. (kbc.co.ke)

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