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Manchester City has created history by claiming their fourth consecutive Premier League crown, following a decisive 3-1 triumph over West Ham at their home ground, Etihad Stadium, on the season’s conclusive matchday.

The match was off to an electrifying start as Phil Foden netted a spectacular early goal just 79 seconds in, followed by another remarkable strike in the 18th minute.

Despite City’s strong opening, a sensational bicycle kick goal from West Ham’s Mohammed Kudus before the break injected suspense into the contest.

Yet, Man City regained control when Rodri scored pre-60 minutes, leaving West Ham with a challenging task to disrupt City’s championship celebrations.

Manchester City's Phil Foden joyfully celebrates his goal.
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Manchester City’s Phil Foden is filled with joy after scoring. Pic: AP

Under Pep Guardiola’s guidance, this team has set a new benchmark as the first English squad to clinch four successive top-flight titles since the inception of the football league in 1888.

Arsenal had another year of near misses, securing second place in the league for a second consecutive year.

Notwithstanding their victorious 2-1 result against Everton at Emirates Stadium, Arsenal’s title aspirations hinged on a City defeat.

A slim two-point gap separates the Gunners from the champions, as the title drama extended to the twilight of the season.

Thus, Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s manager and formerly Guardiola’s second-in-command at City, is faced with the challenge of dethroning his previous club in future campaigns.

Celebration anticipation led City fans to verge onto the pitch during added time, though players urged them to remain seated.

When the final whistle signified the end of an eventful Premier League season, the ground was awash with the joyous sea of City supporters.

The club celebrates yet another remarkable year, following on from their remarkable treble achievement – lifting the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League trophies – in the previous season.

In other Premier League news, Liverpool sealed a 2-0 win as they bid farewell to manager Jurgen Klopp in his final game at the helm.

Manchester City’s Unprecedented Success Faces Scrutiny Away from the Field

Rob Harris

Sports correspondent

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Such an achievement has not been seen before, not even by Sir Alex Ferguson’s dominant Manchester United – a consecutive quartet of crowns.

Indeed, it’s an occurrence without precedent in the century-plus legacy of England’s premier football competition.

Manchester City continues to redefine excellence in the Premier League, exerting a level of control previously unseen.

On a noteworthy day, history was made by Guardiola’s squad, contrasting Arsenal’s struggle with historical burdens.

Arsenal’s thirst for glory remains unquenched after two decades, the trophy still elusive.

Confronted with the challenge of emulating the famed Arsenal team of ’89 on the decisive day, Arteta’s lineup couldn’t replicate such a feat.

Overturning the lead on the final day has been an insurmountable task since then.

City’s high-caliber squad, featuring scoring phenomenon Erling Haaland and Phil Foden, the standout player of the season, exemplify the club’s immense spending enabled by Abu Dhabi backers.

Yet such financial might is currently under the microscope of an unparalleled Premier League probe.

As celebrations ensue, the club contends with 115 accusations of financial misconduct dating back to 2009 from the league’s authorities.

The day of reckoning approaches, though possibly still some months afar.

While punitive discussions – including those reminiscent of point deductions seen by Everton and Nottingham Forest for their financial excesses – are postponed, so is the final assessment of City’s era of dominance.

Nonetheless, the magnitude of City’s on-field conquests, under Guardiola’s tactical brilliance, cannot be understated.

Prior to 2012, they had celebrated league victory a mere two times since 1968.

Presently, little seems capable of halting this football powerhouse, crowned English champions ten times, at least within the confines of the pitch.

During his tenure of over eight years with Liverpool, Klopp guided the team to a Champions League victory in 2019 and Liverpool’s inaugural Premier League title in 2020.

Liverpool ends the season in third, trailing Arsenal by seven points.

In his final game at the helm, Brighton’s manager Roberto de Zerbi witnessed his team’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester United.

For Luton Town, Burnley, and Sheffield United, it was their final display in the Premier League for now, as they descend to the Championship come next season.

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