Three matches that could decide Arsenal's Premier League title prospects ahead of Liverpool and Manchester City

The latest Arsenal news as the Gunners enter the final ten Premier League games of the season at the top of the standings, with Liverpool and Manchester City hot on their heels.

Three matches that could decide Arsenal's Premier League title prospects ahead of Liverpool and Manchester City
Three matches that could decide Arsenal's Premier League title prospects ahead of Liverpool and Manchester City.

Arsenal entered the international break at the top of the Premier League, with the three-way title fight looking positioned to go down to the wire.

Arsenal lead Liverpool on goal difference, while last season's treble winners Manchester City are one point behind in third place. The stage is set for a thrilling final ten league games of the season.

Arsenal were in excellent form prior to the international break. They have won their previous eight league games, scoring 33 goals in the process.

Mikel Arteta's team is demonstrating that they are ready for the title race as they seek retribution for last year's defeat. The Gunners remained competitive with Manchester City throughout the season before faltering toward the end.

The current break will allow the squad to think about and assess before returning to action next weekend. While every game at this point in the season is crucial, there are a couple on the schedule that stand out.

With that in mind, here are three games that could be key to Arsenal's chances of winning the Premier League title at the end of the season.

Man City (A), Sunday, March 31, 4.30pm kick-off

Many may view this as a potential title decider, however Liverpool fans may disagree. Arsenal returns from the international break with a bang when they face reigning champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. Liverpool play Brighton just a few hours sooner at Anfield, and a win would put them ahead of Arsenal and Manchester City.

A win for the Gunners will extend their lead over Pep Guardiola's team to four points, keeping Arteta's side at the top of the league. However, a loss would cause City to surpass them in the standings.

While stating that a game is a six-pointer is frequently a cliché, in this scenario, at this point of the season, the phrase may be justified.

Tottenham (A), Sunday, April 28, 2pm kick-off

When is there ever nothing riding on the North London Derby? Arsenal's pursuit of the league title, along with Tottenham's pursuit of Champions League football, means that the game will most likely have more at stake than usual.

The reverse meeting at the Emirates Stadium in September ended in a 2-2 draw, but both teams may go all out to get all three points when they meet again next month. The match is the fourth-to-last game of the season and could have a significant impact on where both clubs finish in the table.

Manchester United (A), Saturday, May 11, 3pm kick-off

Arsenal's penultimate Premier League game of the season takes place at Old Trafford, against Manchester United. It means that their most important games are all away from home, though the Gunners do finish the season with a home game, which could work in their advantage.

United has had a mixed season thus far, sitting sixth in the table. Two late goals from Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus handed Arsenal a thrilling 3-1 victory over the Red Devils in September, and they will be hoping for a repeat in what might be a season-defining encounter.