Manchester City have won the Premier League for the third consecutive season as Arsenal lost 1-0 away at Nottingham Forest.
City had been chasing the Gunners for most of the campaign, but reclaimed top spot with a superb run of form.
City are the champions of English football once again
Arsenal’s defeat means the title race is now officially over
Arsenal began to drop points and were eventually overtaken by Pep Guardiola’s side, knowing they had to beat Forest to keep their hopes alive after last week’s 3-0 loss against Brighton.
However, Taiwo Awoniyi’s finish in the first half was enough to beat the north Londoners, with City now being confirmed as champions.
The Citizens have secured the title with three games left to play, with the club four points ahead of Arsenal, who have just one match to go.
And City will now turn their attention to winning a historic treble with the club in the Champions League and FA Cup final.
Guardiola’s side have won their fifth title since the Spaniard took charge in 2016.
Results earlier in the season were by no means poor but with Arsenal storming to victory almost every week, they had to play catchup.
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A 3-1 win against Aston Villa in February would be the start of a 14-game unbeaten streak in the Premier League.
Victory came in 13 of those matches, one of which was their 4-1 thumping of Arsenal towards the end of April.
As City’s form picked up, Arsenal’s dipped, with disappointing results against West Ham, Southampton and Brighton ultimately leading to their demise.
The Gunners have also set an unwanted record – their 248 days at the top of the table is the most for a team who have not won the title.
City will end the season top of the pile
Newly-crowned champions City face Chelsea at home on Sunday, and could be set to be given a guard of honour from the Blues.
Upon the full-time whistle in Nottingham, talkSPORT’s Gabby Agbonlahor and Jamie O’Hara were on hand to praise their efforts as well as Forest, who are now confirmed to be safe from relegation.
“Outstanding from Manchester City to go again and win the Premier League,” said Agbonlahor on the GameDay Phone-In. “Guardiola, what is that four [five] times now he has won the Premier League? Outstanding, outstanding.
“And Forest, you have to give them credit, it’s been a tough season, the owners kept Steve Cooper – they didn’t sack him like other teams do and did.
“And now, two out of Everton, Leicester and Leeds are going down, it’s scary.”
Like last season, City will be able to add another league title to their list of honours
O’Hara added: “Fair play to City, they come good after the World Cup, just started putting in performances, and they were just hunting down Arsenal.
“And their performances of Jack Grealish, [Erling] Haaland, [Kevin] De Bruyne, Rodri, John Stones, all of a sudden that formation where he goes into midfield.
“They just turned into a beast and no one has been able to keep up with them.”
Further glory is up for grabs for City in the final weeks of the campaign, with an FA Cup final against rivals Manchester United the next big occasion on the agenda.
They will then face Inter Milan in the Champions League final, and could therefore seal what would prove to be an incredible treble.
For now though, they can celebrate their domestic success as they certify themselves as the best team in English football yet again.
Source : TalkSport