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Arsenal beat Liverpool to end record bid, Man City sink Bournemouth

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Arsenal's English midfielder Reiss Nelson (right) shoots to score his team's second goal past Liverpool's English defender Joe Gomez (left) during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium in London

AFP, London :
Arsenal ended Liverpool's bid to set a new Premier League points record with a 2-1 win over the champions, while Manchester City pushed Bournemouth closer to relegation with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday.
Jurgen Klopp's side needed to win their final three games of the season to break Manchester City's record of 100 points set in 2018.
They were on course when Sadio Mane opened the scoring with a clinical finish from Andrew Robertson's cross at the Emirates Stadium.
But two careless mistakes condemned Liverpool to a third league defeat this season.
Virgil van Dijk's wayward backpass went straight to Alexandre Lacazette, who rounded Reds keeper Alisson Becker to slot home in the 32nd minute.
Alisson was guilty of an equally costly blunder when his pass out was intercepted by Lacazette and he picked out 20-year-old Reiss Nelson for a cool close-range finish.
Liverpool have failed to win three of their five matches since clinching the title.
They have 93 points and with just two games left and can only reach 99 at the end of their first title-winning campaign for 30 years.
"Twice there was a massive lack of concentration. We took a break after 1-0. Those two moments killed the game for us," Klopp said.
"You can't win games when you concede chances like that. We have to learn from it, 100 per cent."
Arsenal climb to ninth place as they chase qualification for the Europa League.
Mikel Arteta's side go into Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City in good spirits after bouncing back from Sunday's defeat at north London rivals Tottenham.
"In terms of energy and happiness in the dressing room before the semi-final, it's a good medicine," Arteta said.
"To beat this team you have to have moments in the game when you take your chances, defend and have a bit of luck."
Manchester City had enjoyed a big win off the field already this week with their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturning a two-season ban from playing in European competitions, freeing up Pep Guardiola's men to play in the Champions League next season.
Guardiola left Aymeric Laporte, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez on the bench against Bournemouth to keep them fresh for Wembley, but City still had too much quality in the form of David Silva and Gabriel Jesus.

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