Manchester City Clinch Historic Fourth Consecutive Premier League Title

Manchester City made English football history on Sunday by defeating West Ham 3-1 to secure their fourth consecutive Premier League title, dashing Arsenal’s hopes as Jurgen Klopp bid an emotional farewell to Liverpool.

Phil Foden shone at the Etihad Stadium, scoring two early goals, including one just 79 seconds into the match, setting the stage for City’s triumph. Despite a stunning overhead kick by West Ham’s Mohammed Kudus that briefly rekindled Arsenal’s title dreams, Rodri’s goal just before the hour mark sealed the victory and the championship for City.

Arsenal, who have not won the Premier League since 2004, managed a 2-1 comeback win over Everton but had to settle for second place for the second consecutive season, finishing two points behind City’s impressive 91-point total.

City’s unbeaten run, featuring 19 wins and four draws since their last league defeat at Aston Villa in early December, underscores their dominance. They have now won six titles in seven seasons, becoming the first English team to achieve four consecutive top-flight titles, surpassing the historic feats of Liverpool and Manchester United.

Reflecting on this remarkable achievement, City manager Pep Guardiola said, “When I moved here, if someone had said I would win six leagues in seven seasons, I would say ‘You’re insane — no way’. All these players for Manchester United and Liverpool and Chelsea, all these teams. Now is our period. We are part of that.”

However, City’s success is overshadowed by 115 Premier League charges for alleged financial irregularities, an ongoing issue since early last year.

Elsewhere on the final day of the Premier League season, Luton was relegated following a 4-2 home defeat to Fulham. They will join Burnley and Sheffield United in the Championship next season. Tottenham secured fifth place and a Europa League spot with a 3-0 win over Sheffield United, while Chelsea ensured a sixth-place finish and European football with a 2-1 victory against Bournemouth. Newcastle’s 4-2 win at Brentford condemned Manchester United to their lowest finish since 1990, eighth place. Despite a 2-0 win over Brighton, Erik ten Hag’s men face missing out on European football if they lose the FA Cup final against City next week.

Phil Foden, enjoying his best season yet, has scored 27 goals in all competitions this season, with 11 assists. His early goals on Sunday, including a spectacular left-footed shot from outside the penalty area, calmed home fans’ nerves. He added a second in the 18th minute with an assist from Jeremy Doku.

The title race briefly reignited when Takehiro Tomiyasu equalized for Arsenal and Kudus pulled one back for West Ham. However, the game and title were secured for City by Rodri’s 59th-minute goal, rendering Kai Havertz’s late winner for Arsenal irrelevant.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, in a post-match speech, encouraged fans to expect more, saying, “All this is happening because you started believing, you started to be patient, and started to understand what we tried to do. All the credit has to go to the players and the staff. Don’t be satisfied. We want much more than that and we’re going to get it.”

Jurgen Klopp’s final game as Liverpool manager ended with a 2-0 win over Wolves. Klopp, who transformed Liverpool since his arrival in 2015, received a heartfelt tribute from the fans. “It doesn’t feel like an end,” he said at Anfield. “It just feels like a start. Today I saw a football team play full of talent, youth, creativity, desire, greed. We have this wonderful stadium, training centre, and you — the superpower of world football. Wow.”

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