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Have Arsenal crumbled under pressure once again?

Have Arsenal crumbled under the pressure again or can they still win their first Premier League title in 20 years this season?

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Arsenal’s hopes of winning the Premier League were dealt a huge blow by former boss Unai Emery at the weekend, as his Aston Villa side scored twice late on to hand the Gunners their first league defeat of the calendar year.

Arsenal would have returned to the top of the table with a win and taken control of the title race after Liverpool dropped points in their last two games. Instead, the initiative is now with Manchester City, who are two points clear of both their title rivals at the top of the Premier League.

Arsenal’s home defeat against Aston Villa was their first in the league since December, a run which has seen them rack up 10 wins plus a credible draw away to Manchester City. In some ways, it underlines the ridiculous level in the Premier League that one loss in four months has seen them lose their place at the top of the table.

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Arsenal had been relentless since the turn of the year and now have to pick themselves up to avoid the mistakes of last season. The Gunners won just three of their final nine league matches last year, which included a four-game winless run, as they fell away in the title race.

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Arsenal have six games remaining to try and win the battle to become Premier League champions but have left themselves with too much to do. They have already proved that they are made of stronger stuff than they were this time last year, although there is still some tough tests to come, including trips to Wolves, Tottenham and Manchester United, plus a tricky London derby against Chelsea on home soil.

Meanwhile, participation in the latter stages of the Champions League will also make this season’s title race a different challenge. Arsenal will travel to Bayern Munich this week after playing out a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates.

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Manchester City are firm favourites to win the title and are aiming to become the first side in Premier League history to win four successive titles. Mikel Arteta’s side will be wary of stumbling over the finish line, as they did last term to finish five points behind the reigning champions.

Pep Guardiola’s side have dominated the Premier League in recent years and always rise to the occasion when the pressure is on in the business end of the season which makes this an extremely difficult situation for the Gunners.

Time will tell but Arsenal will need to show enormous character, embrace the challenge and find fresh energy if the Premier League campaign, so tight for so long, is not to come to a familiar conclusion. Suddenly this period is like make-or-break territory for Arsenal’s season, with four vital games against Bayern Munich, Wolves, Chelsea and Tottenham inside the next two weeks.

It is going to be very difficult but Arsenal have to focus on what they need to do. They are now the chasers and must take every challenge on its own merit without becoming distracted by what is to come and by what could happen.

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