Morning all.

So, after the 1-1 draw between Liverpool and Man City yesterday afternoon, a perfect result for Arsenal by the way, the race for the Premier League title is close. Very close, in fact I can’t recall the last time there was three clubs in the race at this stage of the season.

My perception is that anyone who doesn’t support Arsenal or Man City, want Liverpool to win because it Klopp’s final season in England. Or at least that’s what I’d thought until the officials denied Liverpool a penalty very late in yesterday’s game. I’m quietly convinced that no one, other than those of us who have an interest in Arsenal, want us to win the league. I don’t care about that one bit, as long as it’s not the officials who decide where the trophy ends up.

I think City might, or at least should be in a similar boat to Arsenal really but for different reasons. Yes, City have a great squad and a fantastic manager but they have 100 odd financial related charges hanging over them so why would anyone who believes in fairness want them to win another trophy?

Arsenal are the underdogs in what looks like a three horse race. They’re also the most disliked and have been for many years. When we brush teams away, the opposition has always been poor. When we beat Liverpool, it was because of their injuries and on Saturday, despite being on the end of a few poor decisions, the talking point on Sky Sports was about how Kai Havertz shouldn’t have been on the pitch when he scored our winner.

So let’s have a look at the run in.

1 – Arsenal: P28, Pts 64, GD+46

  • Manchester City (a) – Sunday, March 31st
  • Luton Town (h) – Wednesday, April 3rd
  • Brighton (a) – Saturday, April 6th
  • Aston Villa (h) – Saturday, April 13th
  • Wolves (a) – Saturday, April 20th
  • Totts (a) – Saturday, April 27th
  • Bournemouth (h) – Saturday, May 4th
  • Manchester United (a) – Saturday, May 11th
  • Everton (h) – Sunday, May 19th
  • Chelsea (h) – TBC

2 – Liverpool: P28, Pts 64, GD+39

  • Brighton (h) – Sunday, March 31st
  • Sheffield United (h) – Thursday, April 4th
  • Manchester United (a) – Sunday, April 7th
  • Crystal Palace (h) – Sunday, April 14th
  • Fulham (a) – Saturday, April 20th
  • West Ham (a) – Saturday, April 27th
  • Tottenham (h) – Saturday, May 4th
  • Aston Villa (a) – Saturday, May 11th
  • Wolves (h) – Sunday, May 19th
  • Everton (a) – TBC

3 – Man City: P28, Pts 63, GD+35

  • Arsenal (h) – Sunday, March 31st
  • Aston Villa (h) – Wednesday, April 3rd
  • Crystal Palace (a) – Saturday, April 6th
  • Luton Town (h) – Saturday, April 13th
  • Tottenham (a) – Saturday, April 20th
  • Nottingham Forest (a) – Saturday, April 27th
  • Wolves (h) – Saturday, May 4th
  • Fulham (a) – Saturday, May 11th
  • West Ham (h) – Sunday, May 19th
  • Brighton (a) – TBC

All three clubs are in Europe, at least for now anyway. Liverpool go into their second leg Europa League tie against Sparta Prague on Thursday with a 5-1 advantage so they’re pretty much through to the next stage and City are already through to the Champions League quarterfinals and hopefully, Arsenal will join them tomorrow night. Both City and Liverpool are still in the FA Cup too and I hope it stays that way after this coming weekend.

The upcoming international break is something every club could do without. After tomorrow night, Arsenal won’t play again until the final day of the month. The Man City v Arsenal game is a big one I know but as we saw on Saturday, any Premier League fixture is a big one. Any team can beat another in this league, especially at this stage of the season when clubs are trying to get into Europe or desperate to avoid relegation.

If anything is going in our favour right now it’s instead of having an injury plagued squad in March, the squad is probably the strongest it’s been all season. If Gabriel Martinelli has suffered a bad injury, he’ll be a huge miss for however long he’s out. I just hope no one else joins him on the injury list after the international break. Talking of injuries, I don’t wish them on any football but seeing Ederson go off injured did bring a little smile to my face…

Catch up in the comments…