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Time is running out for Arsenal

Published on: Saturday, May 11, 2024

Time is running out for Arsenal

Mikel Arteta

LONDON: Arsenal have barely put a foot wrong in the Premier League in 2024, but as the title race nears the finish line, they are in desperate need of a favor from Fulham, who host relentless Manchester City this weekend. Mikel Arteta’s Gunners, who travel to Manchester United, are one point clear at the top of the table with two games to play, but Pep Guardiola’s men crucially have a game in hand.

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Nottingham Forest will take a giant step towards safety if they beat in-form Chelsea, who are battling Newcastle and Manchester United for a European place. AFP Sport looks at three talking points ahead of the action.
Arsenal are clinging to the hope of a City slip-up
When the 2023/24 fixture list came out, Sunday’s trip to Manchester United would have looked like a difficult task for Arsenal, but it doesn’t look that way now.

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The Gunners, chasing their first Premier League title for 20 years, are likely to have been knocked off the top of the table when they kick off at Old Trafford on Sunday. That’s because second-placed City, in search of a fourth successive Premier League title, are in action at Fulham the previous day.

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City are unbeaten against the London side in 21 games in all competitions. Arsenal will be confident they can beat a shaken United side who look increasingly likely to miss out on European football next season after Monday’s embarrassing 4-0 defeat at Crystal Palace. City’s game is next week at Tottenham, where they haven’t scored a single goal in the league, but Spurs’ form has deserted them and Erling Haaland is back to his best. Arsenal, boasting a superior goal difference, need City to stumble, but the signs are not promising.
Newcastle, Chelsea fight for Europe
Newcastle and Chelsea are both making an end-of-season charge for a European place, helped by Manchester United’s slump. Eddie Howe’s Newcastle are in pole position to book a place in either the Europa League or the Uefa Conference League, depending on the results of the final rounds of the Premier League and the FA Cup final between Manchester City and Manchester United.

They could even finish fifth if Tottenham continue to thrive. Sixth-placed Newcastle, who host Brighton on Saturday, have won five of their last seven Championship games. Clean-scoring Chelsea were well off the pace just a few weeks ago, but a run of one defeat in their last 12 league games has given them hope of salvaging a troubled season. Mauricio Pochettino’s men travel to relegation-threatened Nottingham Forest knowing a win will keep their hopes of a European place alive.
Forest eyes safety after hectic campaign
Nottingham Forest learned this week that an appeal against their four-point penalty for breaching Premier League financial rules was unsuccessful, but they are still close to securing top-flight safety. If Forest improve on Luton’s result against West Ham, they will be on the verge of securing their third consecutive year in the top flight. It has been a roller-coaster season for Forest, who were charged with misconduct by the Football Association earlier this month after the club criticized VAR Stuart Attwell on social media following the defeat to Everton. Forest chief Nuno Espirito Santo said he had “already moved on” after the failed appeal on the points deduction. They are favorites to avoid the drop, but if results go against them this weekend, they could still face a survival shootout with Burnley on the final weekend.

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