Sunday Night Takeaway: Arsenal look over their shoulders as Leicester face tricky test of their mettle

All in all, it was a good day for Tottenham

Leicester City, Jamie Vardy

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy shows his anger after he is shown a second yellow card for diving by referee Jon Moss. Picture by: David Davies / EMPICS Sport

This Premier League weekend officially ends on Monday night when Tottenham make the always difficult night trip to Stoke.

But as things stand this evening, today was a good day for second placed Spurs as leaders Leicester could only gain an extra point on them, while North London rivals Arsenal remain an arm's length behind.

Tricky test for the Foxes

The main positive for Leicester City is they did not lose to West Ham, although they lost something else.

Jamie Vardy's red card means he will be unavailable for the next match against Swansea.

Although the Welsh side, who are already safe from the drop, might not be the most daunting opposition Leicester face this season, they will have to reshape their side given the unique qualities the England international brings to them tactically.

An eight point cushion gives the Foxes some comfort, but if Tottenham keep the pressure on by winning their own games, then games like the Swansea one will become more pressurised, which won't be helped by playing without a key man.

They have rarely had to make changes to their preferred starting eleven this season which has resulted in almost unparalleled cohesion, so we'll see how they cope with that next time out.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger closes his eyes during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Upton Park stadium in London, Saturday April 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

From title challengers to holding onto fourth?

Some of Arsenal's critics may point out that they are back to their recent natural level of the fourth place trophy.

Failure to beat Crystal Palace at home is another hammer blow to title aspiration that had already been close to evaporation but also leaves the Gunners in a slightly nervous position.

No longer looking up towards the top end of the table, they need to look over their shoulders where an admittedly poor Manchester United side are just four points behind in fifth with five games to go.

While, Arsenal are still favourites to finish in the Top Four, the race for the final Champions League places are not over by any means, and Arsene Wenger would be under more pressure than ever if Arsenal failed in that race.