score and latest updates on arsenal’s hopes on the line

Something’s moving to the northwest. It is something familiar, something joyful (for a minority) and something that has become almost formal.

Book the open top bus, Man City are just two games away from Premier League title number seven. A win over Spurs tonight would put Pep Guardiola’s side two points ahead of Arsenal going into the final round next Sunday, where only West Ham stand in their way.

The easy assumption is that City’s winning machine will simply roll through north London tonight, in keeping with the ruthless reputation of recent City sides at the business end of Premier League seasons. Yet could this be different?

Contemporary evidence suggests not. This is a Spurs side who, until victory over Burnley on Saturday, had lost four consecutive league games, conceding thirteen goals in the process. City, meanwhile, were serene, scoring 15 times in the same period, with Wolves the only side to score against them.

In reality, City’s biggest enemy tonight could well be self-confidence. That’s the air of indestructibility that surrounds them when the title races really heat up. The smart money will be on them coming away with three points against a side facing football’s answer to Sophie’s Choice.

If they win here, Spurs would all but hand the Premier League title to Arsenal – their bitterest and most local rivals. Losses and a season that once promised so much risks ending on the kind of bitter note that will echo in the corridors of their Enfield base all summer long.

Ange Postecoglou has had his say on that particular dilemma, belittling the idea that there would be joy on the streets if his side lost and thus undermined Arsenal’s chances of winning the title. And with the title still up for grabs on the final day regardless of the outcome, one would imagine the Australian will only demand full commitment from players and fans alike tonight.

Perhaps the most interesting specter hanging over the match is City’s recent record against Spurs, who have undoubtedly become Guardiola’s bogeyman. The presumptive champions-elect have beaten Tottenham just once in their last five league games but know nothing short of three points will keep the title race in their hands tonight.

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