How Arsenal and Man City can be forced to play massive play-offs to decide the Premier League title

ARSENAL and Manchester City head into April with the race for the Premier League title set to take place in the final few games of the season.

The Gunners maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the table with a 4-1 victory over Leidenrespond Manchester City’s 4-1 thrashing of Liverpool earlier on Saturday.

Manchester City and Arsenal could play a play-off match to decide the title


Manchester City and Arsenal could play a play-off match to decide the titleCredit: Getty

However, Jose Guardiola‘s men still have a game in their hands and face Arsenal at the end of this month.

Man City will feel they can chase the Gunners – who haven’t won a league title in 19 years.

And there is even the possibility that a play-off game will decide who will be champion.

Premier League rules dictate that the title is determined by points, then goal difference, then goals scored.

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And while Arsenal have a buffer to Man City when it comes to their respective points tally, they are two points behind on goal difference and one on goals scored.

When these all come to the end of the campaign, head-to-head games come into play, followed by away goals in head-to-head games.

Therefore, a play-off is only necessary if Arsenal score three goals in a win over Man City at the Etihad – and then drop enough points to allow the defending champions to finish level.

So it’s an unlikely sequence of events, but it remains a possible scenario on May 28.


However, Arsenal don’t look like losing several games between now and the end of the season.

Michael ArtetaThe team has since achieved seven league victories in a row Manchester City beat them 3-1 at the Emirates in February.

In that same period, City’s only points lost came right after Arsenal’s victory when they were held to a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest.