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Man City wins Premier League after Arsenal defeat

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Manchester City won the Premier League for the fifth time in six seasons after second-placed Arsenal lost 1-0 at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

A second consecutive defeat for the Gunners left Mikel Arteta’s men still four points adrift of City with one game left for them to play.

Taiwo Awoniyi’s winning goal also had huge ramifications at the bottom of the table, as Forest are now safe from relegation in their first season back in the top flight for 23 years.

City’s title triumph could be the start of a treble as Pep Guardiola’s men face Manchester United in the FA Cup final and Inter Milan in the Champions League final next month.

“The Premier League is, without doubt, the most demanding and competitive league in the world, so that tells you everything about what an achievement this is,” said City captain Ilkay Gundogan in a club statement.

“This squad is so talented and so special, and to have been captain this season has been an enormous privilege.”

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City’s ascent to the dominant force of the English game since an Abu Dhabi-backed takeover transformed the club’s fortunes in 2008 has been accelerated during Guardiola’s reign.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has now won 11 league titles in 14 seasons as a coach.

But City’s stranglehold on the title threatens to turn a league that prides itself on its competitiveness into a one-horse race.

Arsenal pushed the defending champions most of the way but crumbled in the decisive final months of the season.

The Gunners have won just two of their last eight games, allowing City to canter over the line with three games to spare.

The visitors rarely even looked like scoring as a raucous atmosphere at the City Ground roared Forest onto survival.

Arteta’s decision to name an experimental back four without any recognized full-backs backfired inside the first 20 minutes.

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