Tottenham Hotspur FC can still catch Arsenal FC in third place after their north London rivals succumbed 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers FC.
Arsenal are still five points clear in third but Spurs, who face fellow top-four hopefuls Manchester City FC on Wednesday, still have two fixtures remaining. Robin van Persie put Arsenal in front at Ewood Park with a header (13) that marked his first goal since returning from a five-month injury lay-off.
Rovers, though, stood firm and drew level two minutes before half-time when David Dunn tapped in after the visitors failed to clear a corner. It was a similar story for Sam Allardyce's side's winner, Christopher Samba this time nodding in on 68 minutes. Arsène Wenger's charges have now lost three of their last four league games ahead of their final fixture against UEFA Europa League finalists Fulham FC on Sunday.
In the day's other game, Wigan Athletic FC drew 2-2 with Hull City AFC, a result which confirmed the latter's relegation. Victor Moses (30) gave Wigan the lead after cutting inside and placing a shot into the corner via the foot of the far post. Hull turned the game around thanks to two of their youngsters, first debutant Will Atkinson (42) headed the Tigers level before Mark Cullen (64) nodded the visitors in front from close range. Steve Gohouri's added-time equaliser, however, denied Hull a first away win in the league since a 1-0 victory at Fulham FC on 4 March 2009.
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|Man. City||2-1||West Ham|
S. Larsson 27
S. Fletcher 7 (p)
M. Olsson 20
|West Brom||2-1||Aston Villa|
Méïté 4 (o.g.)
|Venue: West Bromwich|
Baines 78 (p)