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Australian gloveman Mat Ryan made just his second appearance for Arsenal since joining from Brighton & Hove Albion, but his return to the starting XI was highlighted by a stunning involvement in a 97th-minute equaliser to lowly Fulham.

Meanwhile Arsenal claimed a fifth-straight win thanks to a brace from teen starlet Mason Greenwood who led a 3-1 win over Burnley.

Mat Ryan – the clear number two at the Emirates behind Bernd Leno – surged into the enemy box for a late corner, and managed to head the ball to Granit Xhaka. Xhaka’s low drive was blocked but fell only to Eddie Nketiah for a simple tap-in.

That saw the Gunners claim a 1-1 draw and avoid a first ever home defeat against Fulham, having conceded a second-half penalty.

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Fulham midfielder Mario Lemina burst into the penalty area in the 59th minute before making a theatrical tumble after Gabriel stood on his foot.

After a lengthy VAR review, Maja took the penalty, lifting it high into the net for his first goal in nine games and only his third since arriving on loan from Bordeaux in February.

It was a major setback for third bottom Fulham, who are six points from safety and have just five games left to beat the drop.

Fifth bottom Brighton travel to Chelsea on Tuesday and, like fourth bottom Burnley, will still have a game in hand on Fulham after that match.

“I’m disappointed and gutted,” Fulham boss Scott Parker said. “I’ve just seen their goal back. Rob Holding looks off-side to me.

“That’s what’s disappointing. We were so close, it’s painful.”

Ninth placed Arsenal are nine points adrift of the top four and their best hope of reaching next season’s Champions League is winning the Europa League, where they face Villarreal in the semi-finals.

Coach Mikel Arteta explained his selection of Ryan, among four other changes from a midweek Europa League clash, by saying: “There are others that deserve to play – for example, I put Mat in goal today because he trains like a beast, he’s been really positive around the place, he’s been doing very well and he deserves the chance.”

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UNITED ON THE RUN

Manchester United moved within eight points of Premier League leaders Manchester City as Mason Greenwood’s double inspired a 3-1 win over Burnley, while Eddie Nketiah’s last-gasp goal gave Arsenal a 1-1 draw against struggling Fulham on Sunday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are unlikely to catch City, but Greenwood’s late winner puts a little pressure on their bitter rivals with six games left.

Greenwood had opened the scoring early in the second half at Old Trafford before James Tarkowski equalised moments later.

Greenwood’s second made him the joint-top scoring teenager in Premier League history for United, level with Wayne Rooney on 15 goals.

Edinson Cavani grabbed the third goal in stoppage-time as second placed United won six consecutive Premier League games for the first time since January 2019.

“Fantastic for Mason, two very good goals coming in off the left,” Solskjaer said. “He’s maturing all the time. It’s lovely to see.” Although they have probably left it too late to overhaul City, United are on course for a second-place finish and could still win the first silverware of Solskjaer’s reign.

They face Roma in the Europa League semi-finals after easing past Granada in the quarter-final second leg on Thursday.

“We’ve always said this year has to be progress and improvement. We’ve already got as many points as last season. That’s progress,” Solskjaer said.

“We want to finish with a trophy in the Europa League. We’ve got loads to focus on.”

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Amid talk of United being one of six Premier League teams who have agreed to join a proposed European Super League that would replace the Premier League, Solskjaer’s team looked far from elite in a scrappy first half.

They were fortunate not to fall behind in the opening minute when Chris Wood’s header was disallowed for off-side after keeper Dean Henderson failed to reach Matt Lowton’s cross.

Greenwood opened the scoring in the 48th minute with a clinical close-range finish after Bruno Fernandes cleverly dummied Marcus Rashford’s pass.

The England forward’s fourth goal in his last six appearances was cancelled out 114 seconds later.

Burnley defender James Tarkowski out-muscled Harry Maguire as he climbed high to head Ashley Westwood’s corner past Henderson from six yards.

Greenwood restored United’s lead in the 84th minute when his shot deflected in off Jack Cork before Cavani slotted home from Donny van de Beek’s pass in the final moments.

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