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Man City are 2022/23 champions after Arsenal defeat

20 May 2023
Man City celebrate their 202223 title

Club claim seventh title in total and fifth in six years after Nott’m Forest victory over nearest rivals

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Manchester City are the 2022/23 Premier League champions after a 1-0 defeat for Arsenal at Nottingham Forest means that Pep Guardiola’s side can no longer be caught at the top of the table.

An early goal from Taiwo Awoniyi was enough for Forest to beat Arsenal and put them four points behind the leaders with only one match to play.

Man City have become only the second club to claim a hat-trick of Premier League titles, after Manchester United did so twice, between 1998-2001 and 2006-2009.

It is Man City’s seventh Premier League title in total and the fifth for Guardiola in just seven seasons at City.

The City players celebrated after watching the Forest match together at the training ground.

“To have helped the club win a third straight Premier League title is something very special,” Man City captain Ilkay Gundogan said.

“The Premier League is without doubt the most demanding and competitive league in the world so that tells you everything about what an achievement this is. This squad is so talented and so special and to have been captain this season has been an enormous privilege.

“I would also like to thank Pep, all the backroom staff and everyone who works across this football club. Every single day they help provide us as players with everything we need in order to try to be successful. There is no way we could have won this title without all their support.

“To have won this trophy three times in a row and five times in six years is incredible. That quality and consistency helps sum up what Manchester City stand for and ensures the Club will continue to strive for success going forward.

“It has been a season I will never forget. Our amazing fans have been with us every single step of the way. Without their amazing backing I don’t think there is any way we would have been able to achieve what we have done these past six seasons. Their passion and support have been so important and inspirational for us all.

“Hopefully winning the Premier League title again is a fitting way for us to say thank you to our fans.”

Only three managers have claimed more in the English top flight’s history: Sir Alex Ferguson (13 titles); George Ramsay at Aston Villa (six between 1894-1910); and Bob Paisley at Liverpool (six between 1976-1983).

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Man City could also match Man Utd’s feat of 1999 by claiming an historic Treble if they beat their neighbours in the FA Cup final on 3 June and then Internazionale Milano in the UEFA Champions League final seven days later.

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Man City will be presented with the Premier League Trophy and medals after their match at home to Chelsea on Sunday.

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Part 2: Why Man City can become the greatest champions of all
Part 3: Man City lift Premier League Trophy after beating Chelsea
Part 4: In pictures: Man City's title celebrations
Part 5: Haaland: Thirty-six goals and a PL Trophy, not a bad start
Part 6: Gundogan: Fightback made this title special
Part 7: Guardiola: Team deserve celebration after my demands
Part 8: How Guardiola's tactics have evolved during his reign at City
Part 9: The matches that defined Man City's title triumph

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