Handed a lifeline by Liverpool’s failure to beat Leicester City on Wednesday, Manchester City begin a crucial week in the Premier League title race when they host Arsenal at the Etihad on Sunday. City’s shock 2-1 defeat at struggling Newcastle on Tuesday offered Liverpool the chance to open up a seven-point lead but Juergen Klopp’s side could only manage a point with a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester. That leaves the Merseysiders five points clear but that advantage would be cut to just two points before they play West Ham on Monday, provided City can take care of business against Unai Emery’s Gunners. That is the first of three key matches in seven days for the defending champions who travel to Everton on Wednesday for a rearranged fixture and then host Chelsea on Sunday. “The next week or so will be tough with Arsenal, Everton and Chelsea. I know the challenge is big. If we want to go up as a club we have to accept that challenge,” said manager Pep Guardiola. While Liverpool have th...

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