Arsenal face Man Utd away on Sunday afternoon with their title hopes still well and truly alive.

Arsenal overcame another obstacle in the Premier League title race by comfortably beating Bournemouth 3-0 at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon, keeping the pressure firmly on Pep Guardiola’s Man City side. There are two tests left for the Gunners, and none bigger than Man Utd away on Sunday.

 

City are still in the driving seat, knowing that if they win their three remaining games then they’ll be champions for a remarkable fourth campaign in a row. However, Arteta will be focusing on doing the job first his side and knows their mammoth test at Old Trafford next week could prove decisive.

Utd continue to underwhelm under Erik ten Hag, and on current form Arsenal will be quietly confident. However, you can never write off the Red Devils and Arteta knows that just as well as anyone, having fallen to defeat at Old Trafford down the years.

But first and foremost, Arteta will be planning things down to a tee at London Colney in preparation for the test that awaits his side. And one area the Spaniard will continue to focus on will be defensively, a position which has stood Arsenal above the rest so far this season.

Arsenal hold the best defensive record in the league by some distance with two games left, conceding just 28 times compared to Man City (33) who sit second in that regard. And the Gunners have William Saliba and Gabriel to thank massively for that, as well as the calming presence of David Raya behind them.

Arsenal’s sublime defensive record has put them in good stead in the title race, and Arteta will be desperate for more of the same come Sunday afternoon in what could be a make-or-break clash.

Utd’s legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson once emphatically said “attack wins your games, defence wins you titles”. And you just never know, that could prove to be true come the end of the season with Arteta knowing Arsenal must be at their best defensively in their remaining two games to have a chance of winning the title.

Yes, Arsenal are now relying on City dropping points but their better goal difference – thanks largely down to their resilience at the back – means Guardiola’s side only have to draw to put the Gunners slightly in the driving seat.

It’s getting nervy now as we reach the crunch period of the title race, and Arteta will be praying his side can hold things together as the Gunners squad look to write their name in the club’s history book by landing a first league title since the 2003-04 campaign.

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