There is all to play for in the Premier League title race, with Arsenal beating Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium to drag themselves back into contention for first place
Arsenal might have found themselves out of the title race had they lost to Liverpool on Sunday, but three points for the Gunners leaves us with a three-team battle for top spot.
Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard all netted for Mikel Arteta’s side, with Liverpool briefly level thanks to a Gabriel own goal. It was just the second time this season that Jurgen Klopp’s side have lost a league game, with the other one also in North London when they faced Tottenham back in September.
Arsenal are now just two points behind Klopp’s side, and three ahead of Manchester City. City have two games in hand on the teams above them, though, the first of which sees them take on Brentford on Monday night.
There is still plenty of play left in the season, of course, and plenty can change. With that in mind, Mirror Football has taken a look at the three title challengers’ next five games to see what lies ahead.
Liverpool (51 points)
Burnley (h), Brentford (a), Luton (h), Nottingham Forest (a), Manchester City (h)
Liverpool’s progress in the Europa League means they have a longer wait before returning to European action, but there are still fixtures in domestic cups clogging up the schedule. They take on Chelsea at the end of March in the Carabao Cup final, followed closely by an FA Cup fifth round game against either Watford or Southampton.
In the league, that Manchester City game looms large. Before then, though, Jurgen Klopp’s team face four teams currently in the bottom six – including two newly-promoted outfits.
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Liverpool won three of the reverse fixtures for these five games without conceding a goal. The other two, away to Luton and Manchester City, ended in 1-1 draws.
Arsenal (49 points)
West Ham (a), Burnley (a), Newcastle (h), Sheffield United (a), Brentford (h)
Arsenal’s efforts to keep the pressure on their rivals will begin with a fixture which dented their title hopes last season. West Ham came from 2-0 down to draw with the Gunners at the London Stadium last term, and have also beaten Mikel Arteta’s side in two competitions this season.
Arteta’s men have a chance to complete doubles against three opponents, including a Sheffield United side who they smashed 5-0 back in October. There’s also a chance for revenge against Newcastle after their contentious 1-0 loss at St James’ Park.
The run of five league games will be briefly interrupted by European action, with the Gunners travelling to Porto on February 21. However, there are no more domestic cup responsibilities.
Manchester City (46 points)
Brentford (a), Everton (h), Chelsea (h), Brentford (h), Bournemouth (a)
Yes, you read that right, City play Brentford twice in February. First comes this week’s scheduled Monday night game, and towards the end of the month comes the rearranged December game, pushed back thanks to City’s Club World Cup exploits.
The other three matches are reverses of fixtures in which City scored a terrifying 13 goals before Christmas. Only Bournemouth and Everton were beaten, though, with Chelsea claiming a 4-4 draw in West London in October.
City also have an FA Cup meeting with Luton and a Champions League trip to Copenhagen in the mix. Maximum points from their league games would see them go top, though, and we all know how well Pep Guardiola’s side tend to perform during the run-in.
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