Manchester City are on the brink of a fifth Premier League title in six seasons after Arsenal were beaten 3-0 at home by Brighton on Sunday.
The Gunners’ hopes of a first league title in 19 years were realistically ended as goals from Julio Enciso, Deniz Undav and Pervis Estupinan left them still four points adrift of City, who have three games left to secure the one win they need to win the league.
It was a bruising affair in the opening exchanges, as Gabriel Martinelli both received and delivered crushing challenges in the first 10 minutes.
Martin Ødegaard saw his long-range effort flash just past the post in the 15th minute, but the chances were limited for both sides.
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However, just before the half-hour mark, Leandro Trossard’s fizzing effort range the crossbar as Arsenal’s threat grew.
The Gunners created a flurry of chances immediately after the restart, but they were undone as soon as Brighton went the other way, as Julio Enciso was left unmarked from point-blank range before heading home the opener.
Brighton showed supreme professionalism as they attempted to see out the final 20 minutes, slowing the game down to crawl and breaking up any Arsenal rhythm.
The game was all but wrapped up in the final five minutes, as Deniz Undav was played in behind before chipping Aaron Ramsdale to double Brighton’s lead. Stoppage time wouldn’t prove any kinder, as Pervis Estupiñán struck Brighton’s third on the break.