Arsenal handed Manchester City the advantage in the Premier League title race by drawing 3-3 with lowly Southampton. The Gunners are now just five points ahead (having now played two more games than Manchester City) in the race to win the 2022-23 title, with eight games remaining in City’s season and six for their close rivals.
Mikel Arteta’s squad is looking at a remarkable and unexpected Premier League title victory, however, the door is now wide open for City with two games in hand, and a late April visit from Arsenal still to come at the Etihad Stadium.
Arsenal’s strong defensive unit, balanced midfield, and likes of Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli, and Bukayo Saka maintaining good form in the final third have given Gooners and neutrals alike a lot to love about this Arsenal team.
How many points to Arsenal need to win the title?
The Gunners are five points ahead of Manchester City with both teams moving for their next game.
If Arsenal wins their last seven matches they will be named Premier League champions. Alternatively, Arsenal can win sic matches if one of those is against Manchester City on April 26 to win the league.
According to an NBC Sports report, the magic number for Arsenal to reach is 95 points. If they gain 95 points, Manchester cannot beat them.
However, if Manchester defeats Arsenal in their big game at the Etihad on April 26, then Arsenal needs lots of support to win the Premier League title. Manchester City would still max out at 94 points, while Arsenal could only gain 90.
If Arsenal draws against Manchester City then City could only end up with a maximum of 92 points. In this case, Arsenal could only reach 91 points. If both sides defeat everyone else and draw each other, Manchester City would win the title.
Manchester City would only be able to reach 91 points if Arsenal beat them. Arsenal will reach 93 points by winning out to claim the title.
The Arsenal vs Manchester City game on April 26 is important in deciding the Premier League champion.
Arsenal won their last Premier League title in the 2003-04 season.