Arsenal have plenty of work to do if they are to avoid Manchester City being confirmed as Premier League champions, with Nottingham Forest 1-0 up at half-time at the City Ground. Pep Guardiola’s side look almost certain to complete the job this weekend anyway, but Taiwo Awoniyi’s first-half strike will seal it for them should Forest hang on to secure all three points.
A response to last week’s defeat to Brighton was expected for Arsenal, but they have done very little with the more than 80% possession they have had and it looks like being a tame finish to what has been a superb season.
Steve Cooper’s side are fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table and have built their survival bid on some impressive home form. They are 45 minutes away from securing Premier League safety. Follow the action LIVE with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog! Simon Collings will be providing expert analysis from the ground!
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Mikel Arteta accepts ‘responsibility’ as Arsenal title challenge ends with a whimper
Mkel Arteta admits Arsenal could have played Nottingham Forest for “three hours” and not have found a way through.
Taiwo Awoniyi scored the only goal of the game as the Gunners fell to defeat and duly handed the Premier League title over to Manchester City.
Manchester City crowned Premier League champions
Manchester City have been crowned Premier League champions for the third consecutive season.
Pep Guardiola’s side are not in action until they host Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday but Arsenal’s loss to Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening has handed them the title.
City twice beat the Gunners while chasing down what looked a huge lead after the World Cup and are on course for a historic treble.
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Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions after Arsenal were beaten 1-0 at Nottingham Forest.
The Gunners had plenty of possession during the game, but they created nothing with it and Forest scored with their first of just two shots on target.
Taiwo Awoniyi was put through by Morgan Gibbs-White in the 19th minute and his shot found the bottom corner after Gabriel’s tackle deflected the ball onto his foot.
The defeat means the title race is officially over, while Forest have also guaranteed they will be playing in the Premier League next season.
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The title race is officially over and, in the end, Arsenal went down without throwing a punch.
Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 victory over the Gunners means Manchester City are Premier League champions – and with three games to spare.
It is their fifth title in the past six seasons and completes a remarkable late charge from them. Arsenal were eight points clear of City at the start of April.
Since then, though, Mikel Arteta’s side have taken nine points from a possible 24 and their season has ended with a whimper.
This was an especially sorry finish here at the City Ground. Arsenal had over 80 per cent possession, but they did nothing with it. Instead, they gifted Forest the only goal of the game as Taiwo Awoniyi struck and the hosts kept their first clean sheet since February 5.
Simon Collings at the City Ground
The title race is now officially over, with Man City champions. Lacklustre performance from Arsenal, who never created anything against Forest.
Huge win for the hosts, who have guaranteed Premier League football next season.
FT: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Arsenal
FOREST STAY UP! AND CITY ARE CHAMPIONS!
A massive result at the top and bottom of the Premier League. Arsenal have made a lot of people happy with that awful display.
Brilliant for Forest, who will be in the top-flight next season.
90+6 mins: Get the champagne ready in Manchester…
And Nottingham for that matter!
90+4 mins: Cooper a bag of nerves on the touchline.
That’s just the situation though, what’s going on in front of him hasn’t given him any reason to be worried.
Forest on the verge!