Arsenal squander two-goal lead in draw at West Ham

London, April 16 (BNA): Arsenal dropped two more points in their pursuit of the Premier League title after a 2-2 draw with West Ham United, squandering a two-goal advantage for the second week in a row.

The leaders were two points ahead and seeking to restore their six-point lead over Manchester City when Gabriel Jesus scored in the seventh minute and Martin Odegaard doubled Arsenal’s lead three minutes later, Reuters reported.

But everything changed as they conceded a sloppy penalty kick, which was taken by Said Benrahma in the 33rd minute.

West Ham, needing points to move out of the relegation zone, changed hands, although Bukayo Saka had the chance to restore Arsenal’s two-goal lead early in the second half only to convert home from a penalty.

That defeat looked even more costly moments later when Jarrod Bowen equalized for West Ham in the 54th minute.

Just as at Anfield last week when Mikel Arteta’s side went 2-0 up but ended up desperately drawing 2-2 at Liverpool, there has been concern about Arsenal’s play as the pressure of winning a first title since 2004 intensifies.

They have 74 points from 31 games with champions Manchester City on 70 having played a game less.

The top two teams meet at Etihad Stadium on April 26.

West Ham have 31 points from 30 matches, four points above the relegation places.


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