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Premier League: Greatest title races

The Premier League's top two meet at the Emirates on Wednesday as leaders Arsenal host second-placed Manchester City.

Arsenal are three points clear of City but have shown signs of weakness in their last two matches, losing to Everton and drawing with Brentford.

However, City have lacked their previous ruthlessness, losing to Tottenham before beating Aston Villa on Sunday and have wasted previous chances to close in on the Gunners.

That said, their superior goal difference means they will go top with a victory in north London but that will not signal the end of what promises to be a fascinating title race.

City have been there and done it as recently as last season when they came from behind to beat Aston Villa and edge out Liverpool on the final day.

Here is our rundown of the greatest Premier League title races.

2018/19 - Manchester City v Liverpool - A point sees Pep's men home

City won the 2018/19 title but had to win their final 14 games, as they edged out Liverpool by a single point.

The pair were head and shoulders above the rest of the top-flight, with City's 2-1 home win over the Reds on 3rd January one of the greatest games in Premier League history.

That defeat at the Etihad was Liverpool's only league loss that season but it ultimately proved one too many as City took the title.

The Reds would get revenge by ending their 30-year wait for the league title the following season as they finished 18 points ahead of their rivals.

2011/12 - Manchester City v Manchester United - Agueroooooooooo!

Arguably the most iconic moment in Martin Tyler's commentary career came on Sunday 13th May, 2012, when Sergio Aguero fired in a stoppage-time winner to hand Manchester City a 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers and their first Premier League title.

The campaign had been a rollercoaster as the Citizens clawed back an eight-point lead on local rivals United to lead the standings on goal difference.

City had previously won 6-1 at Old Trafford and doubled up in April with a 1-0 win at the Etihad.

However, United looked on course to claim the title until a second-half slip up saw them go from 4-2 up to draw 4-4 against Everton, a result which left City knowing they would overtake their neighbours with a victory in that return match at the Etihad via their superior goal difference.

After doing the hard work, Roberto Mancini's side looked to have blown their chance as they somehow trailed 2-1 at home to relegation-threatened QPR, who had taken the lead through Jamie Mackie, even after Joey Barton had been sent off.

With a 1-0 win at Sunderland in the bag for United, they watched on from the Stadium of Light as Edin Dzeko equalised after 92 minutes.

The impossible dream was back on and, after cute work by Mario Balotelli, Aguero dummied a challenge before smashing past Paddy Kenny and sending the Etihad, and Tyler, into a frenzy.

2009/10 - Chelsea v Manchester United - No Blues for Ancelotti's side

After finishing second to United in 2007/08 and third the following season, Chelsea appointed Carlo Ancelotti with a mission to end the Red Devils' three-season reign as champions.

April's controversial 2-1 win at Old Trafford gave Ancelotti's side the edge and they knew a victory on the final day would give them a third Premier League title, and the first since 2005/06.

United piled on the pressure with a 4-0 win at home to Stoke but their rivals made no mistake, smashing Wigan 8-0 at a jubilant Stamford Bridge.

To add insult to United's injury, Didier Drogba's hat-trick against the listless Latics saw him see off Wayne Rooney in the battle for the Golden Boot.

1998/99 Manchester United v Arsenal - Red Devils get revenge

Headlines of 'Arsene Who?' greeted Mr Wenger when he arrived at Highbury in 1996 but within two years he had guided the Gunners to the Premier League and FA Cup double.

The trick then was for the Gunners to back it up and they almost did, only for United to roar back. A 1-0 defeat to Leeds in their penultimate fixture opened the door for the Red Devils, who themselves disappointingly drew 0-0 the following evening at Blackburn.

As poor as they were at Ewood Park, that point gave them the edge and United scraped home 2-1 on the final day against Tottenham.

1994/95 - Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United - Dalglish downs Fergie

Last but by no means least, the first great title race of the Premier League era came in 1994/95 when Blackburn pipped Man United to the post.

Local businessman Jack Walker's millions transformed the Lancashire minnows into English champions, with Alan Shearer netting 34 goals for Kenny Dalglish's side as they won the title for the first time in 81 years.

The final day of that campaign will go down in history as one of the tensest in modern football. Blackburn knew a win would see them over the line but they fell short, going down 2-1 at Liverpool.

However, Ludek Miklosko's heroics in the West Ham goal meant United could only draw 1-1 at Upton Park, with Sir Alex Ferguson's side relinquishing their crown as Rovers boss and Liverpool icon Dalglish celebrated success at the ground where he enjoyed his best days in English football.

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