Arsenal prepare for Emery reunion as title race heats up

Arsenal prepare for Emery reunion as title race heats up


Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City are locked in a tense battle for Premier League supremacy, with Unai Emery threatening the Gunners' top spot and Phil Foden taking center stage for the champions.

At the bottom of the table, Brentford, Everton, Nottingham Forest, Luton, Burnley and Sheffield United are locked in a desperate battle for survival.

AFP Sports has highlighted three talking points ahead of this weekend's matches.

Emery threatens Arsenal's title dreams
As the title race approaches its final stretch, leaders Arsenal could face a decisive reunion with former manager Unai Emery.

The Gunners, led by manager Mikel Arteta and aiming for their first title since 2004, are ahead of second-placed Liverpool on goal difference and are one point behind third-placed Manchester City.

Arsenal will have no room for error when Emery brings Aston Villa to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

City are favorites to beat Luton and Liverpool will likely be too much for Crystal Palace, but fifth-placed Villa will be a very tough test.

Emery, who was sacked by Arsenal in November 2019 after just 18 months in charge, has been remarkable in revitalizing Villa, in contrast to his struggles in north London.

Arsenal have been in excellent form in the league, winning 10 of their last 11 games to take pole position, but Emery has already outperformed his former club this season, with John McGinn leading the way in a 1-0 win at Villa Park. It is contained. During December.

Young cannon eyes key role for Man City and Liverpool
Phil Foden is in top form as Manchester City aim for a second successive treble, underlined by his superb goal in Tuesday's 3-3 Champions League quarter-final first leg against Real Madrid. showed.

The 23-year-old English forward, who also scored a hat-trick against Aston Villa last week, said: “Scoring seems to be going well this year. When you're scoring, your confidence increases a lot.

“I definitely believe we'll get a chance and hopefully we can finish them off.”

Foden's influence could spill over to Anfield, with Harvey Elliott believing he could emulate the City star's impact on the title race if given a more prominent role in Liverpool's plans. There is.

The 21-year-old midfielder has mainly been used as a substitute by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in the team's biggest games this season.

“I want to be the guy that goes out, not the guy that goes in,” Elliott said.

“I'm not a kid anymore, I'm a man. I have to take responsibility into my own hands. If that means knocking on the door of a magistrate, that's bound to happen.”

Everton: 'We're not going to waste energy' over points penalty issue
Everton dropped two points this week, pushing them deeper into relegation, but young defender Jarrad Branthwaite is adamant he will not be affected by the blow.

The Toffees' latest sanction for breaching the Premier League's Profit and Sustainability Regulations comes after they lost six points for a similar breach earlier this season, and were reduced from 10 points by an appeals court.

Sean Dyche's side sit just two points above the relegation zone as they try to avoid dropping into the second tier, the league they last played in in 1954.

Everton, who visit Chelsea on Monday, remain confident of overcoming this slide.

“All we can do is perform on the pitch and try to rectify that by winning games from now until the end of the season and keep us safe,” Branthwaite said.

“There’s no point in just wasting energy sitting there thinking about it.”

Match schedule (always in Greenwich Mean Time)

Saturday (1400 unless otherwise noted)

Newcastle vs. Tottenham (1130), Brentford vs. Sheffield United, Burnley vs. Brighton, Manchester City vs. Luton, Nottingham Forest vs. Wolves, Bournemouth vs. Manchester United (1630)

Sunday (13:00 unless otherwise noted)

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace, West Ham vs Fulham, Arsenal vs Aston Villa (1530)

Monday

Chelsea vs Everton (1900)

Source: guardian.ng

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