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Manchester City Poised for Fourth Consecutive Premier League Title as Arsenal Waits for Final-Day Drama

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Manchester City is on the verge of securing a historic fourth consecutive Premier League title, while Arsenal hopes for a last-minute stumble from the leaders on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s formidable team heads into the final day with a two-point advantage over second-placed Arsenal, bolstered by an eight-game winning streak.

City, who will clinch the title with a win against West Ham, are strong favorites to establish a new benchmark for dominance in English football.

Arsenal, playing at home against Everton in their last match, have been nearly flawless in 2024, securing 15 wins and one draw in 17 league matches, with the draw coming against City. However, a costly 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa last month might prove decisive in this thrilling title race, which also saw Liverpool as contenders until their recent falters.

City has been relentless during the season’s intense final stretch, dropping just six points since mid-December in draws against Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal.

As City nears their sixth title in seven seasons under Guardiola, questions have arisen about the competitiveness of the Premier League. However, Guardiola has dismissed claims that the league has become boring or that City’s dominance is solely due to the financial power of their Abu Dhabi-based owners.

“It’s not boring, it’s difficult,” Guardiola said, adding that based on spending levels, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal should be matching City.

“They spent as much money in the last five years as us. They should be there. They are not there.”

David Moyes will lead West Ham for the last time at the Etihad Stadium.

The Scot provided little hope for Arsenal fans, remarking this week that it would be challenging to prevent Manchester City’s “under-14s” from winning the title, let alone the champions in top form.

Arsenal, who finished second last year, need to defeat Everton and hope City fails to win in order to end their 20-year title drought.

Mikel Arteta’s team has set a club record by winning 27 Premier League games this season, but even that might not suffice to dethrone City.

“We have to give ourselves the opportunity to live a beautiful day on Sunday, where the dream is still alive and is possible,” Arteta said.

“It’s football and once we are there we just have to live the moment.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will have an emotional farewell at the end of his memorable nine-year tenure. Regardless of their result against Wolves at Anfield, the Reds will finish third.

“I spoke before about how hard it will be to say goodbye,” Klopp said.

“I love absolutely everything about this place, I do. I take memories with me, fantastic memories, I take relationships with me forever.”

Manchester United are facing the prospect of missing out on European football altogether after a disappointing season.

Erik ten Hag’s team currently sits eighth in the table and must achieve a better result than Newcastle when they face Brighton to avoid finishing outside the top seven for the first time since 1990.

Tottenham will visit relegated Sheffield United knowing that a draw will be sufficient to secure fifth place, while Chelsea, in good form, only need a draw against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge to secure a top-six finish.

The top six teams are guaranteed European qualification, and seventh place could also be enough, as long as Manchester United do not defeat City in next week’s FA Cup final.

At the bottom of the table, Luton will be relegated if they fail to defeat Fulham, or if Nottingham Forest avoid defeat at Burnley.

Even if Luton win and Forest lose, their significantly worse goal difference means they will need a mathematical miracle to avoid relegation.

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