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Manchester City’s chances of retaining their Premier League title seem all but certain after Arsenal’s hopes fell apart in a 3-0 home defeat to Brighton. Meanwhile, City secured a 3-0 win at Everton thanks to Ilkay Gundogan’s two stunning goals, bringing them closer to their fifth title in six seasons. Tragically, Southampton’s 11-year stay in the top flight came to an end after they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Fulham.
Gundogan, who is reportedly coming to the end of his seven-season spell at City, has been a crucial player in their success since Pep Guardiola signed him. Last season, he famously came off the bench to score twice and clinch the title in a thrilling match against Aston Villa. This season, he’s doing his best to ensure there aren’t any last-minute surprises, scoring twice against Leeds last weekend and adding another brace with a flick and a free-kick against Everton.
City only need to win one of their remaining three games to wrap up the title and could become champions before their next Premier League match if Arsenal lose against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Brighton, who suffered a surprise 5-1 defeat to Everton earlier in the week, beat Arsenal 3-0 to keep their hopes of qualifying for Europe alive. The Italian manager Roberto De Zerbi’s men climbed to sixth in the table, one point ahead of Tottenham and Aston Villa with two games in hand.
Unfortunately, Southampton’s first season under new owners Sport Republic ended in disaster, with the team relegated after winning fewer home games than they had managers. Despite the club’s willingness to spend over £100 million on young talent, the investment has had little return, and a summer rebuild seems inevitable, with many players likely to leave the club.