For the fifth time in six seasons, Manchester City has won the Premier League after second-place Arsenal fell 1-0 at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
With one game remaining, Mikel Arteta’s team is still four points behind City after the Gunners’ second straight loss.
As Forest is now protected from relegation in their first season back in the top flight after 23 years, Taiwo Awoniyi’s game-winning goal had significant effects at the bottom of the league as well.
As Pep Guardiola’s team faces Manchester United in the FA Cup final and Inter Milan in the Champions League final next month, City’s championship victory may be the beginning of a treble.
Arsenal battled the reigning champions for most of the season before losing its composure in the pivotal final months.
Only two of their previous eight games have been victories, allowing City to easily over the finish line with three games remaining.
A boisterous atmosphere at the City Ground propelled Forest towards survival, and the visitors hardly ever appeared to be scoring.
In the opening 20 minutes, Arteta’s plan to start a back four without any established full-backs backfired.
The second-youngest Premier League team, Arteta’s, has run out of gas just as City has reached its peak pace.
The freshly crowned champions have gone undefeated in 23 games across all competitions, including a 4-1 demolition of Arsenal last month when the teams faced off in a top-of-the-table matchup.
Two players from Everton, Leeds, or Leicester will join Southampton in the Championship next season as a result of Forest moving six points clear of the relegation zone.
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