Manchester City win the Premier League as Arsenal flop
Manchester City's bid for a treble of major trophies is up and running.
The first was secured on Saturday without City even playing as the team clinched a third successive Premier League title — and a ninth top-flight crown in their 143-year history — thanks to another slip-up by second-placed Arsenal.
Arsenal losing at Nottingham Forest 1-0 capped an end-of-season meltdown for the once long-time leaders, leaving City with an unassailable four-point lead.
City's players will get their hands on the league trophy after their match against Chelsea on Sunday - but don't expect the celebrations to last too long.
Pep Guardiola's men have their sights on becoming just the second team to capture the Premier League-FA Cup-Champions League treble, and still have two finals to play.
The FA Cup final against Manchester United is on June 3 at Wembley Stadium followed by a meeting with Inter Milan in the Champions League final on June 10.
For City, that's five league titles in seven years in Guardiola's reign and seven in a 12-season spell that began with Sergio Aguero's storied stoppage-time goal to win the league in 2012.
"The Premier League is without doubt the most demanding and competitive league in the world," City captain Ilkay Gundogan said, "so that tells you everything about what an achievement this is.
It's the first time City have won three leagues in a row and comes while the Abu Dhabi-owned club is facing an unprecedented slew of charges from the Premier League for allegedly breaking financial rules from 2009-18 and a subsequent failure to co-operate with an investigation.
What isn't up for debate, though, is the quality City have produced in their now-familiar end-of-season burst of victories that piled the pressure on Arsenal, who have the unwanted distinction this season of leading the league for a record number of days (248) without eventually winning it.
Forest are safe after their win while, elsewhere, Manchester United are on the brink of a return to the Champions League, with Liverpool now almost certain to miss out.
United beat Bournemouth 1-0 away and Liverpool could only draw 1-1 at home to Aston Villa, leaving Jurge Klopp's men three points behind both Newcastle in third and United in fourth.
While Liverpool have only one game to play, Newcastle and United have two and need just a point each to secure top-four finishes.
Casemiro scored from an acrobatic overhead kick in the eighth minute for United's only goal at Bournemouth.
A Brazilian was Liverpool's scorer, too. Roberto Firmino marked his last game at Anfield for the club with an emotional 89th-minute equaliser against Villa, who went ahead in the 27th through Jacob Ramsey soon after Ollie Watkins missed a penalty for the visitors.
Yerry Mina headed in Everton's latest recorded Premier League goal — in the ninth minute of stoppage time — in potentially a big moment in the relegation fight.
It earned Everton a 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton and moved the team two points clear of the bottom three, currently occupied by Southampton, who are already down, Leicester and Leeds.
Leeds and Leicester have two games left and Everton, seeking to preserve their 69-year top-flight stay, just one - at home to Bournemouth.
Harry Kane scored a goal but lost the game in perhaps his final home appearance for Tottenham.
The England captain, who's again been linked with an off-season move away from Tottenham, scored after eight minutes but Bryan Mbeumo scored twice and set up another in the second half for Brentford in their 3-1 win.
Fulham drew at home to Crystal Palace 2-2 in the day's other league game.