Arsenal’s title to lose and nine-team survival scrap – the Premier League run-in

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The Premier League returns after the international break as the run-in to the end of the season begins.

Clubs have anything between 10 and 13 matches remaining and the title race, challenge for the top four and the battle to avoid relegation are all tight.

Here, the PA news agency assesses what is at stake for involved clubs.

Gunners have title in sight

A first Premier League crown in 19 years is Arsenal’s to lose as they sit eight points clear of Manchester City in a two-horse title race with 10 games to play. Pep Guardiola’s defending champions have a game in hand and face Mikel Arteta’s side at the Etihad Stadium on April 26 in what could prove to be a pivotal fixture. City appear to have an easier run-in but are still fighting on three fronts and have an injury doubt over striker Erling Haaland, who missed Norway’s internationals with a groin problem. The Gunners, however, have only the Premier League to focus on.

Champions League slots up for grabs

Newcastle's latest Premier League win at Nottingham Forest kept their top-four hopes alive
Newcastle’s win at Nottingham Forest kept their top-four hopes alive (Nigel French/PA)

Chelsea target Europa League consolation

Chelsea appear to have turned a corner under manager Graham Potter
Chelsea appear to have turned a corner under head coach Graham Potter (Nigel French/PA)

Nine-horse race to avoid drop

The relegation battle is the tightest it has ever been with nine clubs fighting for safety. Just four points separate bottom side Southampton and 12th-placed Crystal Palace, who have brought back Roy Hodgson to steer them away from trouble after sacking Patrick Vieira. Bournemouth and West Ham are in the bottom three, but sit only three points behind 13th-placed Wolves. Leeds and Everton went into the international break in positive mood but Forest and Leicester will be looking to arrest their concerning poor runs.

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