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April is behind us and we at the moment are OFFICIALLY at The Business End of the Season ™.
The closing desk is beginning to take form, despite the fact that we nonetheless have a title race of two horses left, the 4 major chases to type it out and two extra relegation locations are sadly underway.
In the final month, the title challengers went in opposition to one another and one in every of these relegation locations was formally taken, with out drama.
Here are the highest ten Premier League moments from April – ranked.
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Crystal Palace away is rarely a straightforward match on paper, and so proved when Arsenal traveled from north to south London earlier this month.
Roared by a roaring house crowd beneath the Selhurst Park lights, the highest 4 chasing Gunners didn’t know what hit them.
With 2-0 down at half time, Mikel Arteta’s males had been ultimately put to mattress by Wilfried Zaha’s late penalty on a dangerous evening.
It looks like goalkeeper champions’ lessons are arduous to return by lately, however Nick Pope produced one to hold West Ham at bay.
The English nationwide group participant made a sequence of good late saves to save lots of some extent for relegation-threatened Clarets.
The selection of the gang got here from a nod from Issa Diop, when Pope by some means saved the ball from his line.
After the above-mentioned thumping of Palace, Arsenal misplaced two extra matches earlier than they bought again on course.
Part of that restoration was a decisive 3-1 victory over Manchester United on the Emirates, the place the selection of objectives got here from the much-maligned Granit Xhaka.
The Swiss moved the ball 25 yards from purpose and pinged an unstoppable assault past David de Gea to finish the three factors.
Norwich lastly misplaced their relegation battle as April drew to a detailed, with the Canary Islands on their approach again to the championship.
The final nail of their coffin was a 2-0 loss to Aston Villa – supervisor Dean Smith’s former membership.
Fast ahead 12 months, you wouldn’t wager that Norwich is on its approach up once more …
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It was not a straightforward month off the sector for Cristiano Ronaldo, however on it he continued to guide by instance.
The veteran famous person made his second hat-trick in as many months as he was compelled to take Manchester United to victory in opposition to low Norwich with all three objectives in a 3-2 victory.
He completed the job with a trademark doping free kick to carry the lid from Old Trafford.
It is honest to say that Newcastle most likely anticipated a greater return from Miguel Almiron once they signed him from Atlanta United a number of years in the past.
However, it’s a comfort that he made his first purpose of the season a really particular one – and a match winner.
When Almiron ran on a bouncing ball in the best channel, Almiron snatched a defender, drove in and planted a improbable left-footed end within the higher nook to get St James’ Park captivated.
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Chelsea had been not in one of the best form all through April as they struggled in direction of the top of the season with issues each on and off the pitch.
However, it appeared that they’d turned a nook on the south coast once they completely thumped Southampton.
The Blues led 4-0 at halftime and added two extra within the second interval, with Mason Mount and Timo Werner as excellent artists.
After the above-mentioned trio of consecutive defeats, Arteta wanted an ideal efficiency from his gamers at Chelsea – and he bought one.
Striker Eddie Nketiah was the unlikely match winner because the match ended 4-2 to the Gunners.
It had been 2-2 at half time, the place the groups helped one another with a sequence of defensive errors.
April featured the season’s largest and most anticipated match so far as Manchester City and Liverpool clashed on the Etihad Stadium. It didn’t disappoint.
It was a great deal a match with two halves, the place City dominated in the primary interval despite the fact that it solely led 2-1 on the break.
But by some means they let Liverpool again into the recreation when the recreation resumed, with Sadio Mane equalizing in the primary minute of the second half. The draw implies that the highest two are nonetheless separated by just one level.
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It was an odd coincidence at Stamford Bridge when Chelsea misplaced by three objectives at house to a newly promoted group the identical weekend in April for the second 12 months in a row.
After West Brom 2021, it was Brentford’s flip to supply a big shock, which got here from behind to amaze its West London rivals with FOUR objectives within the second half.
Among the purpose scorers was Christian Eriksen, who made his first strike since he returned after a cardiac arrest on the European Championships 2020.