Premier League talking points: The race for the title, European qualification and top-flight survival heats up
With an eight-point lead, Arsenal are in a fantastic position as the Premier League title run-in enters the final straight.
By the time they kick-off at home to Leeds on Saturday afternoon, it could be even better, with Man City returning from the international break to face Liverpool in the lunchtime kick-off. It is a brutal fixture for City to get back under way with.
Indeed, Jurgen Klopp's side could be billed as kingmakers one way or the other, with Arsenal going to Anfield next Sunday. But April 26 is the date both Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola will have circled in their diaries. The day the top two meet at the Etihad.
Man City's win at the Emirates in February seemed to have swung momentum in the defending champions' favour but a subsequent slip-up at Nottingham Forest and an impressively perfect response from Arsenal in the Premier League gives the Gunners a healthy cushion with just 10 games remaining on their schedule - one more than City.
A first title since 2003/04 is on the cards - but nothing in the Premier League can be taken for granted. Just ask those City fans who went to Nottingham Forest expecting their side to kick on from the seemingly decisive win at Arsenal.