Iheanacho poised for promotion

Manchester City have all but confirmed their place in the Champions League next season after playing out a 1-1 draw at Swansea City in Manuel Pellegrini’s final game in charge of the club.
The expected final-day battle between City and Manchester United did not materialise as their rivals’ match against AFC Bournemouth was abandoned after a suspicious package was discovered at Old Trafford.
Barring an improbable 19-goal victory when that match is rescheduled, United are now unable to finish above their neighbours due to a vastly inferior goal difference.
Kelechi Iheanacho gave Manuel Pellegrini’s team an early lead, but, in the City manager’s final match before making way for Pep Guardiola, he endured a familiar tale of wasted chances within a patchy performance – the kind of display that has turned a campaign that promised so much into a gruelling slog for the one-time title favourites.
Elsewhere, Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick as Arsenal overwhelmed relegated Aston Villa 4-0 yesterday to pip their arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur to second place in the Premier League table.
French striker Giroud put Arsenal ahead after five minutes with a neat header from Nacho Monreal’s cross and the home team dominated possession.
News of Newcastle’s third goal against Spurs caused a huge cheer at the Emirates Stadium and Giroud added Arsenal’s second goal 12 minutes from time before completing his hat-trick with a fine left-footed finish.
Mikel Arteta added the fourth in stoppage time.
Tottenham, the closest challengers to champions Leicester City over the last few weeks, lost 5-1 at Newcastle United to hand Arsenal the chance to overhaul them by a single point.

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