From Arsenal’s perspective, if balancing two competitions is going to hamper Manchester City it would want to hamper them now.
Sunday is a pivotal game in the title race with both Arsenal and Manchester City in action. Arsenal kept their title hopes alive with a creditable 2 – 0 away at Newcastle last week.
Like then, Arsenal face a tough team with the prospect of defeat meaning the end of their title challenge. Brighton will be a big test, even at the Emirates.
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Earlier in the day, Manchester City travel to Everton. A tough away game following the first leg of their Champions League semi final. It’s a potential banana skin, as much as City are capable of slipping on such things.
The one hope for Arsenal has been that City’s Champions League commitments will cause them to drop points somewhere. Mikel Arteta will hope it does, because they haven’t yet dropped points anywhere else.
The last time City lost a game was on the 5th of February against Tottenham. Since then, they’ve played 21 games in all competitions, won 18 and drawn 3. Two of those draws came in two-legged Champions League ties in which they won the other leg comfortably.
It’s a cartoonishly good run of form that only a team like them can put together. Arsenal are on course to have as good a season as their 2004 Invincibles team and they’re still behind City.
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If Guardiola’s team beat Everton on Sunday, it begins to look hopeless for Arsenal even if they beat Brighton. At that point you’re looking at three remaining games for City and they would have to lose one and draw one to give Arsenal a chance.
City do have tough away games at Brighton and Brentford to contend with to finish their league season. However, the possibility of them dropping points in two out of three games, or two consecutive games is quite slim indeed.
As it stands, if they keep winning they can win the league by beating Brighton in their second last game of the season.