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Sunderland all but relegated after bottom-two battle while late own-goal sees Arsenal take the points

The Gunners beat reigning champions Leicester, and Middlesborough edged past Sunderland.

ROBERT HUTH’S UNWITTING intervention allowed Arsenal to prolong the momentum from their dogged 2-1 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday.

Arsenal v Leicester City - Premier League - Emirates Stadium Arsenal's Nacho Monreal celebrates after his shot is deflected in for the only goal of the game. Source: EMPICS Sport

On a subdued night, and in front of many empty seats at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal went closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half with an Alexis Sanchez shot that cannoned back off the crossbar.

Wenger threw on Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey in the second half, ditching the back-three system he has been using of late.

Victory looked likely to elude the hosts until five minutes from time when Nacho Monreal’s shot took a huge deflection off Huth and looped over Kasper Schmeichel in the Leicester goal.

The win lifted Arsenal one place to sixth, four points behind fourth-place Manchester City and three points below fifth-place Manchester United.

Arsenal have played the same number of goals as City and United, who meet in the Manchester derby on Thursday.

Middlesbrough v Sunderland - Premier League - Riverside Stadium Sunderland manager David Moyes. Source: Mike Egerton

Middlesbrough v Sunderland - Premier League - Riverside Stadium De Roon celebrates with his side. Source: Owen Humphreys

The evening’s other game also ended 1-0, Marten de Roon’s eighth-minute goal seeing off bottom club Sunderland to give Middlesbrough a glimmer of hope in their battle for survival.

It was Boro’s first win in 17 league games and took them to within six points of safety with four games to play, while Sunderland remain 12 points adrift of the survival threshold.

– © AFP 2017 

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