MADRID, 10 February (EUROPE PRESS) –
Arsenal will receive Brentford from the Premier this Saturday on matchday 23 with a five-point lead and one game less than Manchester City, who face Aston Villa on Sunday, with a duel between the top two in the table just around the corner.
Mikel Arteta’s team ‘leaked’ against Everton last week, but Pep Guardiola’s team did not benefit from that, who also attacked Tottenham. The London team thus maintains a good lead in their quest to win the English league 19 years later, for a direct duel.
And it is that next Wednesday the top two contenders for the title will meet in the Emirates. For Arsenal (50 points), retaining revenue from before that postponed Matchday 12 appointment could prove tricky against a Brentford side who have already proven their ‘giant-killer’ status several times since clinching their historic promotion in 2021.
Meanwhile, City (45) can’t be confused either, with reasons for this after being accused this week by the Premier League of alleged breaches of its financial rules against Spanish coach Unai Emery’s Villa, one of the fittest teams in the league . despite their latest loss to Leicester.
Behind, still in contention, Manchester United, with 43 points just two games more than the ‘Gunners’ and one more than their sky-blue neighbour, will hope to restore the rhythm of a damaged candidate without winning in three of the last four days . Those of Ten Hag, prior to a visit to Spotify Camp Nou in the European League, will again face each other on Sunday with a Leeds that, despite their crisis and the dismissal of Jesse Marsch, played a draw at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
For the Champions League area, which Newcastle will defend at Bournemouth, Tottenham have been applying pressure, especially with the blow to the table against City, and will look to continue that against Leicester on Saturday in search of the fourth place they have on a point . .
Meanwhile, two greats in very low hours like Chelsea and Liverpool are confident they have already bottomed out. The ‘blue’ team, with a series of reinforcements including world champion Enzo Fernández, has an appointment with West Ham, while the ‘red’ close the day on Monday with the derby against Everton.
After four games in a row without a win, 11 points out of the ‘Top 4’, Real Madrid’s Champions League round of 16 rivals in two weeks can afford no shame let alone a Merseyside derby at Anfield.
–PROGRAM OF THE DAY 23.
West Ham Chelsea.
Arsenal – Brentford.
Southampton – Wolves.
Leeds Manchester United.
Manchester City – Aston Villa.
Source: Noti Merica