Arsenal will miss out on the Premier League title once again this season if they fail to beat Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City at the weekend.
The Gunners, who returned to winning ways against Bournemouth last weekend, have a habit of losing out on the country’s biggest prize having failed to lift the trophy since 2004.
And, with Leicester already five points clear at the summit, Arsenal will face another campaign without the trophy if they cannot beat Ranieri’s men at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
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Despite winning at the weekend, Wenger’s side have experienced a blip of late with their victory against Bournemouth their first in the league since the beginning of January.
Joe Allen struck late to deny the Gunners a victory away at Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool after Olivier Giroud had scored twice to give the visitors the lead ten minutes into the second half.
They then were held to a goalless draw by Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, and were indebted to goalkeeper Petr Cech for leaving with a point to their name.
Diego Costa scored the winner when Arsenal clashed with fierce rivals Chelsea at the Emirates, and a goalless draw at home to Ronald Koeman’s Southampton further dented their hopes of winning the league title.
Few predicted that Leicester would top the table with just three months remaining of the season, but Ranieri’s men have been superb and are fully deserving of their place at the summit.
They travelled to the Etihad Stadium last weekend and blew Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City away, with German defender Robert Huth scoring twice and Riyad Mahrez netting a superb individual goal.
The Foxes lost 5-2 to Arsenal when the sides met earlier in the season, but with Jamie Vardy rediscovering his scoring touch and Mahrez continuing to shine they will fancy their chances going into Sunday’s blockbuster encounter.
Leicester are not the only side surprising everybody this season, with Arsenal’s fierce rivals Tottenham also setting the league alight.
Harry Kane remains Spurs’ undisputed talisman despite the impressive performances by Dele Alli and Erik Lamela, with manager Mauricio Pochettino now being tipped to succeed Louis van Gaal at Manchester United.
If Spurs beat City at the weekend and Arsenal fail to beat Leicester then they will lose more ground in the title race – something they cannot afford to do with trips to United, City and Tottenham lying in wait down the line.
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