Arsenal beaten in Nottingham, Manchester City officially titled for the third time in a row

By Le Figaro with AFP



Arsenal officially say goodbye to the title. CARL RECINE / REUTERS

Nottingham Forrest won 1-0 against Arsenal, which officially gives the title to Manchester City.

Manchester City took advantage of Arsenal’s defeat against Nottingham Forest (1-0) to retain their title of champion of England even before their match against Chelsea on Sunday and thus confirm their unchallenged domination over English football.

With four points behind and only one game to play, the Gunners are mathematically out of reach of City who still have three games on the program.

They never seemed able to force fate, taken by the throat as they were by Forest, with his dynamic and athletic game, which ensured his maintenance with his three points.

In the 19th minute, on a hazardous back p from Martin Odegaard who nevertheless had an incredible season, Morgan Gibbs-White sank into the opposing half before shifting Taiwo Awoniyi who deceived Aaron Ramsdale with the help Gabriel’s desperate tackle (1-0).

If they then confiscated the ball for three-quarters of the time, the Gunners no longer had enough edge at the end of the season, where they often seemed borrowed, to turn the tide.

Guaranteed to finish second and qualified for the Champions League which they last played in 2016-2017, Mikel Arteta’s men will be divided on this epilogue, after having been in the lead for most of the season.

But at the start of the season, not many people would have bet on such a course.

They will undoubtedly have lacked a larger workforce and a lot of experience, against a team accustomed to the end of the season as a cannonball.

City’s run of 11 consecutive league victories since early March, when the Londoners have won just two of their last eight matches, has swung the title to the Mancunian ogre led by his goal machine Erling Haaland.

This new domestic title comes to fill an already very rich trophy cabinet in this area, but it is only the beginning for Pep Guardiola and his family.

The Mancunians have indeed an appointment with history with an FA Cup final on June 3 and especially the Champions League final, a week later, which could allow them to equal a feat achieved only by the Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United, the last team to display such insolent dominance over English football, in 1999.

The Red Devils will also have the opportunity to cut short this blue dream at Wembley, before Inter Milan, in Istanbul, is the last obstacle on the road to an unprecedented European title for the Citizens.

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