Former Manchester City and Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna says the Gunners have a more “difficult” run-in than Pep Guardiola’s team.
The current Premier League leaders have to play games away at Anfield and the Etihad, as well as hosting Chelsea at the Emirates before the end of April. They also have to face Newcastle at St James’ Park. Sagna feels that Mikel Arteta’s men have a job on their hands keeping ahead of City:
“I think their fixture list looks more difficult than Manchester City’s. They also have to play Manchester City away at the Etihad. I’m not sure if Manchester City will drop points and they’ll continue to put pressure on Arsenal for the rest of the season.”
“Before they both face off at the Etihad, Arsenal have to go away to Liverpool, and then after their trip to Manchester, they need to go away to Chelsea and Newcastle United. They’re going to have to deal with these big games and it’s going to be very tight.”
It’s a fair assessment from Sagna. City do play Chelsea and Liverpool too, but those games are both at home, as is the potential title decider against Arsenal. Other than a couple of tricky away fixtures, though, the Citizens are definitely in a good position to close the five-point gap.
Of course, matches are not won on paper and, with eleven games left to go this campaign, there are likely to be plenty of twists and turns between now and May.