Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes that Arsenal will likely go out of the Premier League title race if they lose on Saturday.
The Gunners will head into their clash against City at the Emirates Stadium placed fourth in the table, six points behind leaders Chelsea.
Then, there’s Liverpool, who under Brendan Rodgers have come of age this campaign.
The Reds are a point behind Chelsea in second place and will host a struggling Tottenham Hotspur side on Sunday, having dropped five points at Anfield all season.
“It will be very difficult for Arsenal if we win,” The Mirror quotes Pellegrini as saying. “It is difficult for them because they have three teams in front of them. “
And indeed it will be. If Chelsea beat Crystal Palace on Saturday, then a defeat would see Arsenal fall as many as nine points off top spot.
With six more rounds of matches remaining in the Premier League after this weekend’s games, it will be extremely difficult for the Gunners to resume their challenge for the title.
Even though after Saturday’s fixture, the only genuinely tough match – on paper at least – for Arsenal would be against Everton on April 6, they would not be able to count on Chelsea, Liverpool and City all dropping points.
Which means that Arsenal need to pick up a win against City, or they may as well kiss their title hopes goodbye.