Arsenal look to have handed the Premier League title over to Manchester City after suffering a damaging 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton.
The Gunners looked to have got through their little sticky patch with back-to-back wins over Chelsea and Newcastle but were badly beaten at home after strikes from Julio Enciso, Deniz Undav and Pervis Estupinan.
There was a hint of a foul from Evan Ferguson on Jakub Kiwior in the build-up to the opening goal but the Polish defender was scolded for going down before Enciso’s header.
Arsenal knew they needed to win after City made easy work of Everton at Goodison Park, winning 3-0 courtesy of a stunning brace from captain Ilkay Gundogan either side of another goal from the inevitable Erling Haaland.
Mikel Arteta’s men led the way for the majority of the campaign but after dropping 12 points in their last seven outings, City are now four points clear at the top of the table with three games remaining.
BREAKTHROUGH FOR BRIGHTON
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Arsenal have just two fixtures left, facing both Nottingham Forest and Wolves, while City’s game in hand comes against Brighton on Wednesday 24 May.
City will be crowned champions on Saturday if Arsenal lose away to Forest. They will make it three Premier League titles in a row at home to Chelsea on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium if they match Arsenal’s result.
Pep Guardiola’s side are well-placed to be the first side to win three straight titles since Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United between 2007 and 2010.
And of course they are chasing another historic United achievement as they could still match the Red Devils’ treble triumph from 1999.
City face Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final second leg after a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu, while they take on United in the FA Cup final on 3 June.