Arsenal are showing signs of title nerves at the worst possible time with just six games remaining in the season.
Following draws at Liverpool and West Ham United, Mikel Arteta’s side also dropped points against Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Friday.
The hosts were two goals down within the first 14 minutes with Carlos Alcaraz and Theo Walcott on target for the relegation-threatened side.
Gabriel Martinelli pulled one back for the Gunners before the interval, but Duje Caleta-Car’s strike restored the visitors’ two-goal advantage after 66 minutes.
Southampton looked on course for a shock away win, but Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka scored in the 88th and 90th minutes to rescue a point for the leaders.
The stalemate leaves the Londoners five points clear at the top of the Premier League table, but title rivals Manchester City have two games in hand over them.
Football pundit Jamie Carragher later delivered a brutal assessment of the Gunners’ chances, insisting they must produce something ‘miraculous’ to win the title.
He told Sky Sports: “Whether the point makes that much difference to Arsenal, I’m not quite sure.
“They’ve probably got to go to Man City and get three points if they want to go on and win the league.
“It is still in Arsenal’s hands, and we keep saying it, and it just shows you how far ahead they were.
“They’ve dropped six points in the last three games, and it is still in their hands.
“They did have a really sizeable lead, but they are going to have to do something miraculous now between now and the end of the season.
“But we’ve seen them go on runs before, certainly on the back of losing to Man City at Emirates Stadium. That was a big disappointment, but they went on to win the next seven games.
“They’ve got six games to go now, and they will have to go and do something special between now and the end of the season to win it.”
Arsenal must win the Etihad encounter
Man City are currently in the form of their lives, winning eight of their last nine league fixtures.
They are unlikely to drop too many points in their remaining matches this season.
If the Gunners want to pip City to the Premier League title, they must beat them at the Etihad Stadium on April 26.
Failing to do so will leave City almost guaranteed to win their third consecutive league crown.
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