5 Fixtures That’ll Decide Premier League Winner as Arsenal Sit Above Liverpool on Goal Difference

Arsenal FC News brings the latest news as the Gunners, Liverpool and Manchester City battle for the Premier League title.

On March 30th, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester City find themselves embroiled in a tense battle for the Premier League title as they approach the last 10 matches of the season.

At the helm of the league table, Arsenal hold the top spot, edging out Liverpool by virtue of goal difference, while Manchester City trail closely behind in third place, just one point adrift of the leading duo.

As the race for the title intensifies, AFCN scrutinises five upcoming matches poised to have a significant impact on determining this season’s ultimate titleholder.

Manchester City vs Arsenal, March 31

The Etihad Stadium is set to host the most pivotal game of the title run-in following the international break.

City’s aspirations of securing an unparalleled fourth consecutive Premier League title could suffer a severe blow with a third defeat to the Gunners this season.

The first setback occurred at the Emirates Stadium in October when Gabriel Martinelli’s late goal secured a 1-0 victory for Arsenal. Additionally, Arsenal emerged victorious on penalties in the Community Shield clash in August.

Despite Mikel Arteta’s team winning their last eight league matches, City boasts an impressive unbeaten streak of 22 games across all competitions. Furthermore, their fortress at home remains intact since November 2022.

Manchester City vs Aston Villa, April 3

If Manchester City manage to clinch a crucial win against Arsenal, their celebrations will be short-lived as Aston Villa, contenders for a top-four spot, will arrive at the Etihad just three days later.

Aston Villa, once European champions, are enjoying an unexpectedly successful season, currently sitting in fourth place as they aim for their first Champions League qualification since the tournament’s rebranding.

In December, Unai Emery’s Arsenal side caused a major upset by defeating City with Leon Bailey’s 74th-minute goal securing a 1-0 victory.

Since that defeat, Manchester City have remained undefeated, while Aston Villa have held onto their fourth-place position despite pressure from Tottenham.

Manchester United vs Liverpool, April 7

Liverpool are gearing up for a revenge mission as they prepare to face off against their bitter rivals at Old Trafford, following their heartbreaking 4-3 defeat in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

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Under Jurgen Klopp’s guidance, Liverpool managed to take the lead with scores of 2-1 and 3-2 near the end of regular time and extra time, respectively. However, their hopes were dashed by Amad Diallo’s last-minute winner, putting an end to their quadruple aspirations.

Despite this setback, Liverpool still have the opportunity to bid farewell to Klopp’s final season in a memorable fashion by securing victories in the Premier League and Europa League, in addition to the League Cup triumph they achieved in February.

Securing a victory at Old Trafford for the first time since 2021 is crucial for Liverpool as they strive to match United’s impressive record of 20 English titles.

Tottenham vs Arsenal, April 28

With the stakes high for these long-standing adversaries, the upcoming north London derby promises an intensified rivalry.

In 1971 and 2004, Arsenal made memorable league victories at White Hart Lane, sealing titles in those years. Now, with the rebuilt stadium standing on the grounds of those historic wins, Arsenal eye another significant step towards potential championship glory by defeating their enduring rivals.

Although Arsenal, last crowned champions two decades ago, have asserted dominance in recent north London derbies, losing only one of the last six encounters, their resolve was tested in a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium in September, where they surrendered leads twice.

Under the guidance of Ange Postecoglou in his inaugural season, Tottenham Hotspur have undergone a resurgence, exhibiting an attacking flair that is sure to manifest as they aggressively pursue a coveted top-four finish.

Aston Villa vs Liverpool, May 11

Liverpool comfortably defeated Villa 3-0 at Anfield back in September. However, as they prepare for the rematch, they anticipate facing a tougher challenge.

This upcoming game marks Jurgen Klopp’s last away league fixture as Liverpool’s manager. Klopp aims to secure a fourth consecutive victory at Villa Park before his departure.

The last time Villa managed to overcome Liverpool were in 2020, during a remarkable 7-2 victory. This defeat led Klopp to acknowledge that his team had “lost the plot.”

As Liverpool edge closer to potentially clinching their first title in four years, they are keenly aware that they cannot afford to repeat the same mistakes that led to their previous meltdown.

Judgement Day

If there remains no clear distinction among the title contenders following those matches, the last day of the season on May 19 will showcase Arsenal hosting Everton, Manchester City against West Ham, and Liverpool confronting Wolves.

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