Sports Desk, Apr 23 (EFE).- Arsenal kept alive their Champions League hopes with a 3-1 victory over Manchester United on Saturday.
The Gunners got off to a good start taking the lead three minutes into the game, when Nuno Tavares collected and fired home a ball deflected off goalkeeper David de Gea after a Bukayo Saka hit.
Arsenal doubled their lead shortly after the half-hour mark when Saka delivered from the 12-yard spot following VAR review.
Referee Craig Pawson was initially checking a goal scored by Eddie Nketia, from a close range off a pass from Saka, who was downed int he penalty area. The goal was disallowed for offside and Saka was handed a penalty.
Cristiano Ronaldo got his team back to the game in the 34th minute, when he punished Arsenal for a lousy defense to score from close range.
The Portuguese star, who missed Liverpool’s game after his newborn child’s death, scored his 100th Premier League goal.
The Red Devils had a chance to equalize but Bruno Fernandes’s penalty hit the woodwork.
With 20 minutes to spare, Granit Xhaka put the game out of Manchester United’s reach woth a powerful shout from outside the area, to hand the Red Devils their second defeat in a row, following their 4-0 loss to Liverpool.
After the victory, Arsenal are fourth with 60 points, two behind third-placed Chelsea, who have a match in hand, and three ahead of Tottenham.
Chelsea are scheduled to host Wet Ham on Sunday, while Tottenham will visit Brentford later in the day.
Manchester United, meanwhile, hold the sixth spot with 54 points. EFE