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Reyes double give Arsenal to 3-1 win over Man City

Written by: Staff

LONDON, May 4 (Reuters) Two goals from Jose Antonio Reyes gave Arsenal a 3-1 win at Manchester City today and closed the gap on Tottenham Hotspur to a point in the battle for the final Champions League qualifying spot.

Substitute Reyes slotted the ball home from Emmanuel Eboue's cross in the 78th minute and six minutes later bent the ball left-footed around City goalkeeper David James into the top corner.

Fifth-placed Arsenal have 64 points with one game to play.

They host Wigan on Sunday in the final match at their Highbury ground, while north London rivals Tottenham travel to West Ham.

Even if they finish in fifth spot, Arsene Wenger's team could still make the Champions League next season if they beat Barcelona in the final of the competition on May 17.

Fredrik Ljungberg broke the deadlock for Arsenal in the 30th minute with his first Premier League goal of the season after Thierry Henry, surrounded by City defenders, had slipped the ball to the Swede.

Poor defending from Arsenal allowed the home team to equalise eight minutes later when Joey Barton's corner was headed towards goal by Trevor Sinclair. Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann missed it and defender David Sommeil tapped the ball in from close range.

In the night's other match, relegated Sunderland beat Fulham 2-1 thanks to goals from Anthony Le Tallec and Chris Brown.

Reuters VJ VP0240

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