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Nottingham Forest maintains against Arsenal and offers the title to Manchester City

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The penultimate day of the Premier League offered another distance duel for the title between Arsenal and Manchester City. After being sharply beaten by Brighton last Sunday at home (0-3), the Gunners also received Nottingham Forest before the Skyblues face Chelsea this Sunday. With four points behind, the defeat could be fatal for the men of Mikel Arteta who decided to play in a 4-3-3 system with the presence of Jakub Kiwior instead of Tierney. In the middle, Jorginho was established alongside Granit Xhaka and Martin Odegaard. In attack, the Spanish coach trusted an attacking trio made up of Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard and Gabril Jesus. Opposite, Steve Cooper’s players could ensure their maintenance.

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From the start of the game, the Gunners put considerable pressure on Nottingham Forest to force their fate despite a very disappointing end to the season so far. If the possession was largely to the advantage of the visitors, the clear chances were rather rare. Against the course of the game, Taiwo Awoniyi came to crucify Arsenal and Aaron Ramsdale with a clear strike after an interception and a counterattack initiated by Morgan Gibbs-White on a poor delivery from Martin Odegaard (19th, 1-0). If Bukayo Saka’s teammates continued to push to find the fault, the locals did not crack and even tried to break at the first opportunity.

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Harmless despite possession of the ball, Arsenal could not make the difference in this first period. Returning from the locker room, Morgan Gibbs-White took on a good free kick full axis in favor of the Reds and adjusted a cross towards the far post that Felipe took over with a clever deflection of the head. The leather was finally pushed back in extremis by a London defender (48th). Despite this very hot situation for the locals, the Gunners regained control of the ball and were truly dangerous for the first time in this meeting. After a nice deep pass from Ben White, Bukayo Saka came up against an imperial Keylor Navas (61st). To reverse the trend, Mikel Arteta then decided to make several changes.

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If the pressure continued to intensify on the cages of Keylor Navas, Arsenal still could not find the solution against a team well grouped in its last meters. While the Costa Rican goalkeeper won again in his area (87th) and Morgan Gibbs-White narrowly missed the break (90th + 1), the referee whistled the end of this meeting and the Reds public could finally exult. Thanks to this victory acquired by forceps, Nottingham Forest ensures its maintenance in the Premier League while the Gunners offer the title to Manchester City on a plate. Cityzens can no longer be overtaken by their nearest competitor. After qualifying for the Champions League final, Pep Guardiola’s men will be able to celebrate this new coronation in front of their supporters at the Etihad this Sunday against Chelsea.

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