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Dream Arsenal weekend sees Liverpool weaknesses exploited and Man City lose the derby

dream Arsenal weekend could be approaching with the Gunners billed with the most straightforward fixture as Liverpool travel to Nottingham Forest and Manchester City take part in the derby.

Another weekend where Arsenal will play last following their title rivals’ own games. The Gunners managed to win impressively against Newcastle United having seen both Liverpool and Manchester City win yet again in this ever-challenging race for the Premier League crown.

Arsenal know now that they have just two more league games before a considerable break between their final match before the international interruption and their trip to the Etihad Stadium to face City. There are many scenarios where the Gunners could indeed travel there as league leaders, but several things would need to go their way,

March is in the billing to be a massive month in the title race with both Liverpool and City playing each other too. After March, none of the title challengers will have a clash against one another – unless Man City and Arsenal are drawn to face-off in the Champions League of course.

However, this weekend could kick things off for Mikel Arteta’s side in a great way. football.london takes a look at what a perfect weekend for Arsenal looks like and how likely it might be to come to pass

Get the job done
No matter the results of other sides, Arsenal must win their game and following the 25 league goals they’ve scored in 2024 already and the 5-0 win over Sheffield United from last year, they will travel to Bramall Lane full of confidence. Furthermore, having Thomas Partey back in the squad will also be of great benefit as Arteta confirmed the Ghanaian’s availability.

Another big win will set the Gunners up perfectly for their next home match against Brentford the following weekend which should they win, will near-guarantee them at least second place in the table as both Liverpool and City face-off. That is going to be an intriguing meeting.

A tricky trip
Arsenal ran away from Nottingham Forest with three points from their closest victory of the year. The City Ground has proven to be a difficult place to go and that is where Jurgen Klopp and his depleted side will be heading this weekend.

Despite the team’s lack of key stars, Klopp’s youngsters won the League Cup and battered Southampton 3-0 with two graduates getting their first senior goals. The step up to Forest however will hopefully bring with it a stiffer test and at the minimum Arteta will be keeping fingers crossed the Reds falter.

United with United
Rarely would Arsenal supporters ever wish for Manchester United to turn up and secure a result but in this game above all others, they do. The Manchester derby has not been won by the red half in the Etihad since 2021 when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer delivered a shock 2-0 victory.

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