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Premier League: Defining moments in Premier League title races

Arsenal maintained their five-point lead in the Premier League on Saturday thanks to Reiss Nelson's dramatic 97th-minute winner in a 3-2 victory at home to Bournemouth.

The Gunners came from 2-0 down to beat the Cherries 3-2 and they are now 10/11 to win the Premier League with defending champions Manchester City priced up at 11/10.

If Arsenal do go on to claim the title, then substitute Nelson's strike may well be hailed as the defining moment of the campaign and we have picked out five other key turning points in thrilling Premier League title races.

Keegan's entertainers stunned in Anfield thriller

The history of the Premier League is studded with crucial injury-time goals such as Steve Bruce's 96th-minute winner for Manchester United at Sheffield Wednesday in 1993 and Sergio Aguero's unforgettable title-clinching strike for Manchester City in 2011/12.

It remains to be seen whether Nelson's cracker against Bournemouth joins that illustrious list, but Stan Collymore's 92nd-minute winner in Liverpool's 4-3 victory over Newcastle United in April 1996 is certainly on there.

Newcastle's last top-flight title came in 1926/27, but the Toon Army were starting to believe that Kevin Keegan's entertainers could end that drought by landing the Premier League crown in 1996.

The Magpies were 10 points clear at Christmas, although their lead had been eroded by Manchester United and they desperately needed a positive result at Anfield.

Things were looking good for Newcastle when Faustino Asprilla put them 3-2 up just before the hour mark, but the drama was far from over as Collymore equalised in the 67th minute before lashing in a left-footed strike to make it 4-3.

Keegan was still up for the fight - his now infamous "I will love it if we beat them, love it!" outburst came later the same month - but it was a major blow to Newcastle's title hopes and the ruthless Red Devils ended up winning the league by four points.

Old Trafford triumph helps Wenger's boys to title

Having come from behind to deny Newcastle two seasons earlier, Manchester United got a taste of their own medicine in the 1997-98 campaign.

United had the points on the board but title rivals Arsenal, in their first full campaign under Arsene Wenger, had three games in hand when they arrived at Old Trafford in March 1998.

A tight contest was settled by a goal from the in-form Marc Overmars, who raced on to a Nicolas Anelka flick-on to beat Peter Schmeichel, and Arsenal went on to win their next eight league matches.

That hot streak saw them crowned champions before their 2-0 win over Newcastle in the FA Cup final and the 1-0 win at Old Trafford sparked arguably the Premier League's greatest rivalry between Wenger's Gunners and Sir Alex Ferguson's United.

Macheda magic kept United on track in 2009

Ferguson's winning machine had suffered a rare blip in March 2009, losing 4-1 at home to title rivals Liverpool before a 2-0 defeat at Fulham where Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney were sent off.

They trailed 2-1 to Aston Villa going into the final 10 minutes of their next game at Old Trafford, but Cristiano Ronaldo levelled things up and 17-year-old substitute Federico Macheda scored a brilliant injury-time winner on his debut.

The Italian youngster followed up with another decisive late goal at Sunderland, just one minute after coming off the bench, and a relentless run-in from United saw them finish four points clear of Liverpool.

Gerrard slip let City pounce in 2013/14 title race

Steven Gerrard is one of the greatest players of the Premier League era, but the league title proved elusive for the Liverpool legend, whose costly slip against Chelsea in April 2014 helped Manchester City pip the Reds that season.

The Reds came into the game high on confidence after winning their last 11 Premier League matches including a 3-2 home victory over the Citizens.

On the stroke of half-time, though, the inspirational Gerrard lost his footing and Demba Ba pounced to give the hosts the lead.

A week later, the rattled Reds blew a 3-0 lead in the final 11 minutes to draw 3-3 at Crystal Palace and they finished as runners-up to City despite scoring 101 goals during a memorable league campaign.

Comprehensive City win boosted Foxes' belief

It is hard to pick out just one moment from Leicester City's extraordinary 2015/16 title-winning season, but the manner of their 3-1 victory away to Manchester City in the first week of February must have been a colossal confidence boost for Claudio Ranieri's underdogs.

Having gone off as 5,000/1 shots in the title betting, Leicester were still available at double-figure prices despite being top of the table at Christmas.

Everybody, apart from the ebullient Ranieri and his players, expected their bubble to burst in the New Year but, having beaten Liverpool 2-0 in their previous game, they established a 3-0 lead after an hour at City thanks to two goals from centre-back Robert Huth and a strike from the outstanding Riyad Mahrez.

The ten-man Foxes lost to an injury-time header from Arsenal's Danny Welbeck in their next game.

However, that setback couldn't derail the miracle men after their impressive wins over Liverpool and City and they sealed their astonishing title triumph with a 12-game unbeaten run.

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