Manchester City celebrates fourth consecutive English league title and further frustrates Arsenal

In the kingdom of football, its formidable armada settles more than ever at the table of giants, that of Liverpool FC of the 1970s/80s and Manchester United of Alex Ferguson, sacred monster from 1993 to 2003 (eight titles) then 2007 to 2013 (five). The Emirati funds which have boosted it since 2008 do not alone explain the supremacy of City, a winning machine magnified by Guardiola and populated by great talents like Foden, recently elected best player of the season, at 23 years old.

Best player of the season, Phil Foden liberated Manchester City by scoring twice in 18 minutes. — © Dave Thompson / keystone-sda.ch

Foden strikes again

The English striker seemed to kill all the suspense with a missile into the top corner (2nd, 1-0) and a calm recovery (28th, 2-0), cooling an initially incandescent Emirates from a distance. The morale of Arsenal, led 1-0 by Everton, increased before the break: the “Gunners” equalized through Takehiro Tomiyasu (43rd, 1-1) just after West Ham’s score was reduced at the Etihad (42nd, 2-1).

The dream machine got stuck on a new goal from Rodri (59th, 3-1) for City, woke up when Kai Havertz scored the winning goal (89th, 2-1), but the boost from West Ham didn’t come. The double vice-champions of England still had a top-flight season: the attack soared, the defense delighted around William Saliba and Gabriel, and the collective reinforced by Declan Rice and Havertz won 28 victories ( club record), two more than the “Invincibles” of 2004.

Mutual applause from the Emirates public and the Gunners Wiliam Saliba, Jorginho and Oleksandr Zinchenko. Arsenal had a superb season but finished second again. — © Alastair Grant / keystone-sda.ch

The club in the red and white jersey especially had the misfortune of coming across a City team which has only lost three matches this season, the last at the start of December. The young Arsenal team can be proud of having become the Mancunians’ most threatening competitor, ahead of Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool, third ahead of Aston Villa.

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The German coach was treated to an emotional farewell for his last at Anfield, living up to the mark left after nine years of love and success. Crowd at the arrival of the bus, thrilling “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and giant tifo “Jürgen” accompanied the 2-0 victory against Wolverhampton. The “Reds” will return to the Champions League next season under the direction of Dutchman Arne Slot, the former coach of Feyenoord who formalized his arrival on the banks of the Mersey.

Emotional, Jürgen Klopp had a great last day on the Liverpool bench. — © IMAGO/David Rawcliffe / IMAGO/Propaganda Photo
Emotional, Jürgen Klopp had a great last day on the Liverpool bench. — © IMAGO/David Rawcliffe / IMAGO/Propaganda Photo

Manchester United sad eighth

Tottenham finished on a good note 3-0 at Sheffield United and secured their fifth place, synonymous with qualification for the Europa League, after a season without any European competition. Like the “Spurs”, Chelsea (2-1 against Bournemouth) will also return to continental competition thanks to a sixth place which still seemed far away in mid-April.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team carried its share of injuries (Nkunku, Lavia, James, etc.) and dragged through its missed first half of the season like a ball, before raising the bar in 2024 in spectacular fashion. The Londoners will play the Conference League at least, or the Europa League, depending on the result of the FA Cup final.

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The “Cup” remains the only and narrow path to Europe for Manchester United, sadly eighth, their worst ranking since 1990… Almost no one will bet on the victory of Erik ten Hag and his players, however, on May 25 against City.

At the bottom of the table, Luton has as expected joined relegated Sheffield United and Burnley. The three promoted players return to the Championship and leave their place to Leicester and Ipswich, while awaiting the promotion final between Leeds and Southampton on May 26 at Wembley.

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