Arsenal next six Premier League fixtures compared to Man City and Liverpool after Aston Villa loss

Arsenal players react after Aston Villa goal
Arsenal let a massive chance slip against Aston Villa -Credit:ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images

A familiar feeling crept around the Emirates Stadium during the end of the first half against Aston Villa. That intangible atmospheric thing carried over after the break. It isn't the first time it's been clear this season. The result that followed carried unfortunate shades of the title collapse 12 months ago.

Arsenal failed to take advantage of multiple enormous chances to get the lead and as the game went on the effect of things drifting away was heightened. Emi Martinez flung himself in front of shots, Kai Havertz fired his efforts at visiting bodies, and no amount of Martin Odegaard trickery could unlock the defence.

After Liverpool threw the title race wide open - just seven days on from the last time they relinquished control over their own fate - Mikel Arteta's side were unable to capitalise. Second-half strikes from Leon Bailey and Ollie Watkins dented the hopes of a first championship in 20 years for Arsenal on a weekend that looked to have opened itself up for them.

Earlier on Sunday, Liverpool suffered a result and a performance that will have been far too eery for Arsenal themselves. Dominating large spells of the second 45 at Anfield, Liverpool had poor finishing to blame for dropping yet more points in a disastrous week for Jurgen Klopp's side.

Chances were missed, heroic defending from unlikely Palace sources were made, and the frustration was apparent throughout much of a disjointed if not unlucky display. All the while, Manchester City and Pep Guardiola were laughing.

There was a period on Saturday afternoon where it looked like Luton Town might be the side to turn the title race. Even after an early goal for the champions, Rob Edwards' side were resilient enough to keep the difference to one whilst nerves built at the Etihad Stadium.

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In the end it was the procession that the stats and flow of the game, and logic, dictated that it would be. They now hold a two-point lead over Arsenal and Liverpool going into the final six games, and the sense of 'here we go again' has built some more.

There's still a chance for yet more twists and turns but having entered the weekend with the title in their own hands, Arsenal are once more at the mercy of the champions. Here, analyses the final month of the season with Arsenal's remaining fixtures.

Wolves (A) - Saturday, April 20

Arsenal will need to either ride the ecstasy of reaching the Champions League semi-finals or quickly respond to the disappointment of missing out as they travel to Wolves just three days after being in Munich for the second leg against the wounded Bayern. They learned on Sunday afternoon of the fate that has been coming, Bayer Leverkusen winning Bundesliga and ending their decade-long dominance.

Gary O'Neill's side are possibly the last side they would want in this scenario. Although there's very little to play for, Wolves are the ultimate banana skin and have been a big problem for top sides all season. Off the back of a disappointing draw with Nottingham Forest, and not in the greatest form, Wolves won't be rolling over here, but do they have the bite to damage Arsenal?

Chelsea (H) - Tuesday, April 23

Chelsea certainly do have the bite but they have been known to surrender rather meekly at times this season. Mauricio Pochettino's side have ambitions of getting into Europe this season but haven't shown the sort of consistency needed to do so. Either way, they will be a threat of sorts at the Emirates Stadium.

In similar circumstances 12 months ago the Gunners walked all over their London rivals but they can't expect it to be as one-sided this time around. The Blues have weapons to hurt Arteta and have shown the danger posed by taking points from Manchester City, Tottenham, and Liverpool already.

Tottenham (A) - Sunday, April 28

If the North London Derby earlier this season with Spurs at the top and Arsenal part of an impressive chasing pack was good, this has every chance of being that much better. Ange Postecoglou's men are still well in the mix to finish in the top four - though their hold on the Champions League places has loosened - and will be in the mood to spoil Arsenal's season as well.

On paper this could be one of the best meetings between the two sides for some time. Each recent clash has had so much weighing on it and the same is true here. Buckle up for this one.

Bournemouth (H) - Saturday, May 4

Perhaps the easiest fixture left for Arsenal. Bournemouth may have just shown Manchester United why they cannot be underestimated but for a home match in the run-in, this is about as kind as they come. The Cherries also have very little to play for other than pride and may well be 'on the beach' at this stage.

Dominic Solanke is a clear worry and there are some speedy wingers to watch out for but Arsenal have far too much on paper. In the final three games of the season there is obvious added jeopardy. Get around the nervous tension at play and Arsenal couldn't ask for much else.

Manchester United (A) - Sunday, May 12

If Bournemouth is meant to be a simple-ish game then actually, going to Old Trafford should be even easier. Manchester United are a mess, they regularly (almost always) concede 20 shots on goal, and rely on nothing sustainable to get their points. There is something about title deciders between these two though.

Can Erik ten Hag rouse his troops? Probably not. United have been fundamentally flawed in every aspect for most of this season and haven't put up much fight despite their league position. Liverpool demonstrated that it's never straightforward even with the game in total control against the Red Devils, Arsenal can't afford to make the same mistake.

Everton (H) - Sunday, May 19.

And then it was one. We don't know what state the league table will be in come matchday 38, it could be all to play for or already wrapped up. Either way, Arsenal haven't known the feeling of going this deep into a season for over two decades.

Everton may have relegation on their mind again which would add in another factor at play on what is always a nervy day with silverware and status on the line. If it does all come down to this in some form then good luck to everyone going through it.

Liverpool next six fixtures

Fulham (A) - Sunday, April 21

Everton (A) - Wednesday, April 24

West Ham (A) - Saturday, April 27

Tottenham (H) - Sunday, May 5

Aston Villa (A) - Monday, May 13

Wolves (H) - Sunday, May 19.

Manchester City next six fixtures

Brighton (A) - Thursday, April 25

Nottingham Forest (A) - Sunday, April 28

Wolves (H) - Saturday, May 4

Fulham (A) - Saturday, May 11

Tottenham (A) - Tuesday, May 14

West Ham (H) - Sunday, May 19.