Arsenal climbed eight points up in the Premier League by beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in a north London derby and Chelsea eased the pressure on manager Graham Potter by beating Crystal Palace 1-0 in Sunday.
Newcastle were late, beating Fulham 1-0 to regain third place and keep their title hopes alive.
But Arsenal will have to pause for a bit if they are denied their first league title since Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles in 2003/04 after their first league win over Tottenham in nine years.
Dominant first-half play took its toll as Hugo Lloris got Bukayo Saki into his own net before Martin Odegaard’s long-range shot hit the bottom corner.
Aaron Ramsdale denied the Spurs their usual comeback after two goals this season after a break with saves by Harry Kane and Ryan Sessegnon.
A fourth home defeat in five league games leaves Tottenham five points behind the top four.
– Potter’s relief…
Kai Havertz scored the winning goal for Chelsea with a second-half header on the day the Blues announced the signing of Mihail Mudrik for a fee that could rise to €100m (£88m, $108m) .
Chelsea also paid tribute to former player and manager Gianluca Vialli ahead of their first home game since the Italian great passed away earlier this month at the age of 58 from pancreatic cancer.
Action on the pitch was also overshadowed by an official first-half announcement that Chelsea had completed the signing of Mudrik, bringing their first season spending to over £400m under the Todd Boly consortium.
So far, there hasn’t been anything to show for that investment, but an injury-plagued Potter team has done enough to take just a second win in 10 championship games.
Havertz made the breakthrough by climbing higher than everyone else and in the 64th minute, in the 64th minute, he converted the pass of Hakim Ziyech from a well-performed corner.
“The audience was great. They recognized the moment we were in the game, they recognized the young players on the pitch, they held onto the guys and helped us cross the line,” Potter said.
Despite a much-needed win, Chelsea are still 10 points behind the top four after Newcastle kept their league dreams at St James’ Park.
– Super sub Isak –
The Magpies were greatly upset when Aleksandar Mitrović saw a second-half penalty was ruled out against his former club for a double touch on the ball.
The Serb slipped on the penalty kick and his right foot shot bounced off his left into the net.
Newcastle took full advantage when club record holder Alexander Isak came off the bench to lead the winner a minute from time.
Isak has already scored three goals in four Premier League matches, but he last returned in September due to injury.
“The goal was a special moment,” said Newcastle boss Eddie Howe.
“Very happy for Alex. You want to start working at a new club, and he did before the injury. He had to wait and watch the progress of the team in his absence. He worked hard. In those moments, the work was worth it.” .”
This win brings Newcastle back over Manchester United and is third in the table on goal difference.