Arsenal, Man City: Everything you need to know about the title fight on the final day of the EPL | football news

Al Jazeera’s Sohail Malik talks to former Manchester City player Nicky Summerbee about what to expect on the final day.

The race for the Premier League title enters the final day with Manchester City and Arsenal separated by just two points.

We take a look at how the final day of the season plays out and what the permutations are.

Who do Manchester City and Arsenal face on the last day?

Table-topping Manchester City host West Ham at the Etihad Stadium as they look to secure an unprecedented four consecutive Premier League titles.

The Hammers will finish ninth in the league regardless of the result of the game at City, as they are five points behind Manchester United in eighth, while they are four points ahead of 10th-placed Bournemouth.

One carrot dangling for West Ham is to help their former midfielder Declan Rice, who swapped the London Stadium for Arsenal last summer.

The Gunners host Everton at the Emirates Stadium, where the pressure, similar to that of the Hammers, is exerted by the Toffees.

The Merseyside club are 14 points clear of the relegation zone, which had been a battleground all season after points were deducted by an independent commission that found they had breached the league’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules.

What must the title rivals do to be crowned Premier League champions?

The equation for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City is quite simple: beat West Ham and retain the Premier League crown.

If City draw with West Ham, or worse, then the opportunity passes to Arsenal.

The Gunners know that, with a two-point gap on City heading into the game, they simply have to beat Everton.

What Mikel Arteta’s North Londoners do have in their favor is a superior goal difference. So if City draw and Arsenal win, the teams will finish level on points, but the trophy will head to the Emirates for the first time in 20 years.

How much does this title mean to Manchester City and Arsenal?

It was difficult to top Manchester City’s achievement in 2023, when they lifted five trophies.

A domestic treble is still on the cards for the Cityzens this season, having already lifted the EFL Cup while an FA Cup final against rivals Manchester United awaits.

The story City would love to make is that no team has won four consecutive Premier League titles.

If Guardiola’s team were to lose, it would be an unprecedented achievement that even they could surely only dream of achieving in the future.

Many of football’s greats have won three leagues in a row (including Manchester United and Arsenal) but have failed to secure a four-year spell as champions of England.

For Arsenal, who won three in a row in the 1930s under Herbert Chapman, finishing top of the table on Sunday would end a 20-year wait for a Premier League title.

The last time they lifted the trophy was under Arsene Wenger. It was the Frenchman’s third league title with the Gunners, who created their own history by going through the season unbeaten as they lifted the second of Wenger’s three trophies.

Has the Premier League reached its final matchday?

There have been some exciting finishes on the final day of the title race, but the most famous example was Sergio Aguero’s last triumph for Manchester City in 2011-12.

The Argentine scored an injury-time winner against bottom-of-the-table Queens Park Rangers to give City their first league title since 1967-68.

It denied Sir Alex Ferguson back-to-back titles that season and delayed the Scot’s retirement plans as he stayed on for another year to win back the trophy for the 13th and final time.

The bad news for Arsenal is that no team has overturned second place to win the Premier League on the final day of the season. In that sense, they themselves would make history if they denied City their fourth consecutive crown, something unprecedented.

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