Examine Arsenal's unexpected title race lead, Man City's challenges, and the crucial fixtures that could decide the Premier League winner
|Arsenal players are technically counting down to the title parade, is there any stopping them now? (Photo credit: GOAL)|
How do we conclude the weekend roundup without discussing the Premier League title race? No one expected Arsenal to be in it at the end of March, five points clear as we speak, and City won’t play again until the 1st of April.
Regardless of what happens at the Emirates on Sunday when Arsenal hosts Crystal Palace, the Gunners would still be favorites to win the Premier League title, but of course, you don’t need anyone to remind you it’s dependent on certain factors.
Let’s talk about one of those for a moment: Manchester City hasn’t won four league games on the bounce this term, but we know they’re capable of going on a monstrous run to achieve their goals.
The question is: what is their goal?
The Champions League is the ultimate dream, but City won’t want to lose everything.
They’re still in the FA Cup and should go all the way, but the trip from Leipzig to the Etihad is the next important task.
They didn’t really impress against Palace at Selhurst and needed a moment of madness from Michael Olise to win.
How can City stop Arsenal?
They have a date in late April; the game could be a title decider if the points between them shrink before they meet, but it might be inconsequential if the Gunners lead the Cityzens by eight or more at the time they meet again.
Let’s go back to the leaders, shall we?
Arsenal made light work of the Lilywhites at Craven Cottage on Sunday.
It was so easy, you would wonder who was home. While Fulham was subdued by the highly efficient Gunners, you can’t take anything away from the hosts that are also pushing for European football.
Five straight London derby wins without conceding a single goal is no mean feat, but Arsenal still has to host Chelsea, travel to Liverpool, and play at the Etihad.
It’s okay to conclude it’s a two-horse race now, as United now must pay attention to the top-four battle.
Arsenal has the depth to see this through. Gabriel Jesus is back and almost scored a welcome back goal.
Leandro Trossard nailed the game at Fulham with three assists.
Bukayo Saka needs no introduction despite having a quiet afternoon at Craven Cottage, and who’s better than Martin Odegaard in the hole?
Thomas Partey has proven to be the key figure in midfield, while the defence can’t stop impressing.
Arsenal is the team to beat, the Premier League title is theirs to lose, and if by this time next month nothing has changed, the fans can start applying for days off to attend the title parade.