Arsenal threw away one other two-goal lead to attract 2-2 with West Ham on Sunday and immediate additional questions over the Premier League chief’s title bid.
Per week after drawing with Liverpool by the identical rating, Mikel Arteta’s crew was held by relegation-fighting West Ham at London Stadium.
Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaard had fired Arsenal right into a controlling lead, however a Mentioned Benrahma penalty and one other objective from Jarrod Bowen meant the Gunners may solely lengthen their lead over second-place Manchester Metropolis to 4 factors.
Defending champions Metropolis have a recreation in hand and likewise host Arsenal at Etihad Stadium later this month.
“Very disappointing,” Arsenal manager Arteta said afterward. “The way in which we began was excellent once more, we had been in complete management, then we misplaced goal.
“We gave them hope, conceded a terrible penalty, then credit to them. We got on the roller coaster where everything is going, corners and throw-ins, and we never got away from that.”
Metropolis had lower Arsenal’s result in three factors after beating Leicester 3-1 on Saturday.
However there was little signal of the Londoners feeling the stress within the early phases on Sunday, taking the lead within the seventh minute by means of Jesus and Odegaard added a second within the tenth.
West Ham was handed a route again into the sport when Gabriel fouled Lucas Paqueta within the field and referee David Coote pointed to the spot.
Benrahma transformed within the thirty third to make it 2-1 moving into at halftime.
Arsenal had the possibility to revive a two-goal benefit 9 minutes after the restart, additionally from the spot. Antonio was penalized for dealing with within the field, however Bukayo Saka couldn’t take benefit together with his shot going large.
The guests had been nearly instantly made to pay for that wastefulness, with Bowen volleying an equalizer within the 54th.
“A player who takes penalties misses penalties, I don’t know anyone who hasn’t,” Arteta mentioned.
It was an analogous story to final week when Arsenal led 2-0 at Liverpool, just for the Merseyside membership to fightback and salvage a draw.
It may have been worse for Arteta when Antonio rose to fulfill a cross afterward, however his effort hit the skin of the submit.
A draw leaves West Ham 4 factors away from the relegation zone.
Man Utd climb to third
Antony was at his deadly greatest as Manchester United beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 within the Premier League on Sunday, days after the Brazil worldwide was described by supervisor Erik ten Hag as a participant who can “kill opponents.”
Antony scored one objective and made one other on the Metropolis Floor as United moved as much as third and took one other step towards Champions League qualification.
The $95 million signing from Ajax opened the scoring when turning the ball over the road after Anthony Martial’s shot was saved by Keylor Navas within the thirty second minute.
And after Forest’s on-loan Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper pulled off a string of saves to forestall United extending the lead, Antony turned supplier to arrange Diogo Dalot within the 76th.