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Man City curse, Arsenal challenge and the Man Utd factor – four days that will define PL title race

Manchester City are four wins from claiming the Premier League title - but face stiff competition from Arsenal, with the bitter rivals of both clubs able to still have a say in who wins the league.

by Tunae
Erling Haaland of Manchester City is challenged by Declan Rice of Arsenal
Declan Rice challenges Erling Haaland during Manchester City’s Premier League draw with Arsenal

Arsenal play first next weekend with a chance to go four points clear of City on Saturday lunchtime at home to Bournemouth, before City are then at home at teatime for the visit of Wolves. The following week, it’s City’s turn to go first as they are in the Saturday 12.30pm game at Fulham on May 11.

If results were to go their way – as in Arsenal slipping up against Bournemouth – then six points from City’s next two games could put them in a position where Arsenal would need to beat Manchester United to keep their title hopes alive. There is a possibility that a United win in that game hands City the title.



But that would rely on two things – Arsenal not to beat Bournemouth, and United not to lose when they face Arsenal. Bournemouth may spring a surprise, but on form United will not. As Guardiola said, City can’t expect anything other than Arsenal to take nine points from their remaining fixtures. Erling Haaland said thinking of Arsenal would make City ‘go mad’, so they must only focus on themselves.

In that case, assuming United continue their shambolic season, City will have to do something they have never done – and something Guardiola identified after last season’s title win as his main ambition. Score a Premier League goal at Tottenham’s new ground.

City admittedly broke their Tottenham Hotspur Stadium duck in the FA Cup earlier this season, with Nathan Ake’s late goal their first at the stadium since it opened in 2019 at the fifth attempt. That record includes four goalless, pointless visits in the Premier League. If they were to leave without three points this time, it would surely hand Arsenal the title.

So Spurs could either help themselves in their chase for a Champions League spot, but inadvertently crown Arsenal champions, or suffer a defeat that would surely end their top four hopes but deny Arsenal the title.

In the space of four days, then, City could either be crowned champions, see Arsenal go into the final day as favourites, or even lose the title. Whatever happens, City’s game in hand, and Arsenal’s trip to United remain the toughest fixture remaining for both sides – so they will have a significant say on whether the trophy has blue or red ribbons on at the end of the season.

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