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Man City win historic fourth straight Premier League title

City created English football history Sunday, overcoming West Ham 3-1 to win their 4th straight EPL title and break Arsenal's hearts

Update : 20 May 2024, 12:36 AM

Manchester City created English football history Sunday, overcoming West Ham United 3-1 to win their fourth straight Premier League title and break Arsenal's hearts as Jurgen Klopp made an emotional Liverpool exit.

Phil Foden scored two early goals at an expectant Etihad to put his side on the brink of the title before Mohammed Kudus pulled one back with a spectacular overhead kick.

But Rodri struck just before the hour to restore City's two-goal cushion and the home side rarely looked troubled as they coasted to the win.

Arsenal started the day two points behind their rivals and praying for a miracle to deny City their coronation, knowing that a win against Everton would not be enough if the champions won on home turf.

The Gunners, without a Premier League title since 2004, came from a goal down to beat Everton 2-1 but had to content themselves with second in the table for a second straight season.

City, who have now won six titles in seven years, stand alone as the only English team to have won four straight top-flight titles, eclipsing the achievements of the great Liverpool and Manchester United teams of the past.

"It is so hard to put into words what we've done," Foden told Sky Sports.

"No team has ever done it (won four in a row). We have put ourselves into the history books. 

"You see what it means to the fans and to us players working all year for this moment. A special moment to share it with the fans."

Elsewhere on the final day of the Premier League season, Luton Town's relegation was confirmed with a 4-2 loss at home to Fulham.

They will join Burnley and Sheffield United in the Championship next season.

Tottenham beat relegated Sheffield 3-0 to seal fifth spot and a place in next's season's Europa League while Chelsea guaranteed a sixth-place finish with a 2-1 win against Bournemouth.

Newcastle United's 4-2 win at Brentford condemned United to an eighth-place finish - their lowest since 1990.

Foden magic

Foden, 23, has enjoyed his most impressive season yet for City, taking his tally to 27 goals in all competitions Sunday, together with 11 assists.

The England man opened the scoring Sunday after just 79 seconds with a vicious left-footed shot from outside the penalty area, settling nerves among the home fans.

He then passed the ball into the net in the 18th minute after an assist from Jeremy Doku.

City appeared to have one hand on the trophy and news then filtered through that Everton had taken the lead at Arsenal, leaving Mikel Arteta's men leaving an unlikely sequence of events to come out on top.

But the title race came alive again within the space of a few minutes when Takehiro Tomiyasu side-footed home to level at the Emirates before Kudus pulled one back for West Ham.

The atmosphere became more subdued at Etihad but the visitors rarely threatened again in David Moyes' final game in charge and Rodri's goal in the 59th minute eased the pressure.

Arsenal fell behind to Idrissa Gueye's 40th-minute goal at home but Tomiyasu levelled just three minutes later and Kai Havertz sealed a 2-1 win in the 89th minute.

Klopp was given an emotional send-off at Anfield after nine trophy-filled years.

Alexis Mac Allister opened the scoring in the 34th minute and Jarell Quansah netted six minutes later for the Reds, who ended the season in third place.

Dejan Kulusevski scored twice for Tottenham against Sheffield while Moises Caicedo scored a spectacular goal from the half-way line to set Chelsea on their way against Bournemouth. 

The win for Mauricio Pochettino's men means they seal a European place after a topsy-turvy season.

Erik ten Hag's United beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 in Roberto De Zerbi's final game in charge of the south coast club but it was too little too late to save a disastrous league season.

RESULTS

Arsenal 2 (Tomiyasu 43, Havertz 89) Everton 1 (Gueye 40)

Brentford 2 (Janelt 48, Wissa 70) Newcastle 4 (Barnes 21, Murphy 36, Isak 38, Guimaraes 77)

Brighton 0 Man Utd 2 (Dalot 73, Hojlund 88)

Burnley 1 (Cullen 72) Forest 2 (Wood 2, 14)  

Chelsea 2 (Caicedo 17, Sterling 48) Bournemouth 1 (Badiashile 49-og) 

Palace 5 (Mateta 9, 39, 63, Eze 54, 69) Villa 0 

Liverpool 2 (Mac Allister 34, Quansah 40) Wolves 0

Luton 2 (Morris 45+1-P, Doughty 55) Fulham 4 (Traore 43, Jimenez 45+3, 49, Wilson 68)

Man City 3 (Foden 2, 18, Rodri 59) West Ham 1 (Kudus 42)

Sheffield Utd 0 Tottenham 3 (Kulusevski 14, 65, Porro 59)

LEADING SCORERS

27: Erling Haaland (Man City)

22: Cole Palmer (Chelsea)

21: Alexander Isak (Newcastle)

19: Phil Foden (Man City), Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth), Ollie Watkins (Villa)

18: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

17: Son Heung-min (Tottenham)

16: Jarrod Bowen (West Ham), Jean Philippe Mateta (Palace), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)

14: Nicolas Jackson (Chelsea), Chris Wood (Forest)

13: Kai Havertz (Arsenal)

12: Matheus Cunha, Hwang Hee-chan (both Wolves), Leandro Trossard (Arsenal), Yoane Wissa (Brentford)

11: Julian Alvarez (Man City), Eberechi Eze (Palace), Anthony Gordon (Newcastle), Carlton Morris (Luton), Darwin Nunez (Liverpool), Richarlison (Tottenham)

10: Elijah Adebayo (Luton), Leon Bailey (Villa), Bruno Fernandes, Rasmus Hojlund (both Man Utd), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Michael Olise (Palace)

POINTS TABLE

Teams        P    W    D    L    GD    Pts
Man City    38    28    7    3    62    91
Arsenal        38    28    5    5    62    89 
Liverpool    38    24    10    4    45    82 
Villa        38    20    8     10    15    68 
Tottenham    38    20    6    12    13    66
Chelsea        38    18    9    11    14    63 
Newcastle    38    18    6    14    23    60 
Man Utd    38    18    6    14    -1    60 
West Ham    38    14    10    14    -14    52 
Palace        38    13    10    15    -1    49 
Brighton    38    12    12    14    -7    48 
Bournemouth    38    13    9    16    -13    48 
Fulham        38    13    8    17    -6    47 
Wolves        38    13    7    18    -15    46 
Everton        38    13    9    16    -11    40 
Brentford    38    10    9    19     -9    39 
Forest        38    9    9    20    -18    32 
Luton        38    6    8    24    -33    26
Burnley        38    5    9    24    -37    24
Sheffield Utd    38    3    7    28    -69    16

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