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Arsenal edges past Luton to reclaim top spot in Premier League

Posted : 04 April 2024

Arsenal reclaimed their position at the top of the Premier League standings with a victory over Luton, despite missing their influential forward Bukayo Saka due to injury sustained in the previous match against Manchester City. Manager Mikel Arteta fielded a significantly altered lineup, yet his team managed to secure a crucial win, surpassing Liverpool in the table.


The Gunners took the lead in the 24th minute when captain Martin Odegaard capitalized on a defensive error, benefitting from Emile Smith Rowe's pressure on Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu. Just before halftime, Arsenal doubled their advantage as Daiki Hashioka's own goal, an unfortunate deflection, extended their lead following Smith Rowe's penetrating run into the penalty area.


Despite Luton's injury woes, which included the presence of 16-year-old defender Christian Chigozie on the bench, they remained resilient, preventing Arsenal from dominating completely. Luton's Ross Barkley tested Arsenal's goalkeeper, David Raya, with a free-kick, but Arsenal held firm, securing the win and moving to 68 points, one ahead of Liverpool, with Manchester City closely trailing in third place on 67 points after their victory against Aston Villa.


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