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Football | Premier League 2023 | Matchweek 33 | Roundup

By Robert Wheeler

  • Man City dismantle Arsenal in the title decider
  • Game of two halves between Spurs and United
  • Nottingham Forest claimed a valuable win

UK – The title decider went the way of Manchester City as they destroyed Arsenal 4-1, the Premier League is now surely in City’s hands.


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City’s unstoppable train floors Arsenal

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This match was built up like a cup final, the victor would surely go on to win the title. Manchester City ran out 4-1 winners and such has been their dominance recently that they are now clear favourites to pip Arsenal at the post to win the Premier League. The Gunners have now not won in their last four league games which is never going to be a record that wins you anything.

City dismantled Arsenal from the get-go with Kevin De Bruyne slotting in the opener in just the 7th minute. The Belgian then lifted in a free-kick which John Stones headed in just before half-time to double their lead. It could have been worse for Arsenal but for Aaron Ramsdale denying Erling Haaland with a fine save.

De Bruyne then made it three soon after the break with a neat finish past Ramsdale. Rob Holding who had endured a tough night filling in for the injured William Saliba got one back for the Gunners. However, the victory was sealed when Haaland who had assisted both of De Bruyne’s goals finally found the back of the net himself late on after letting his hair down.

Pep Guardiola‘s side are now just two points behind Arsenal and they still have two games in hand. They have been rolling teams over like a steam train of late and it looks like no one can stop them from claiming their fifth title in six years. Mikel Arteta will need his team to win all their remaining games and hope that City somehow slips up if they are to have a chance from now.


Spurs comeback to take a draw

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Tottenham Hotspur came from two goals down to claim a 2-2 draw with Manchester United. It was a positive result for Spurs who were trounced 6-1 by Newcastle last weekend. Ryan Mason is now back in charge on an interim basis and after what must have been an inspirational half-time team talk looks to be the man to steady the ship at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Many Spurs fans before and during their games were protesting against their chairman Daniel Levy. The mood in North London got worse when Jadon Sancho fired in to give United an early lead. Marcus Rashford then doubled their lead with a great strike just before the break.

Spurs came out for the second half on a mission to turn this game around. Pedro Porro got one back with a nice finish with the outside of his boot. United nearly restored their advantage but Bruno Fernandes hit the crossbar from close range. Mason’s side carried on and should have levelled earlier but for missed chances from Heung-Min Son and Eric Dier. 

Finally, Son got the equaliser when he turned in Harry Kane‘s low cross. Things could only get better for Spurs after their disaster at St James’ Park but this result keeps them with an outside chance of Champions League football for next season.


Forest claims a valuable win

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Nottingham Forest pulled themselves out of the relegation zone with a 3-1 victory over Brighton. The Seagulls looked to have been nursing a hangover from losing on penalties to Manchester United in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley last weekend. Steve Cooper‘s side took advantage of this to claim what could be a crucial win.

The match was far from straightforward for Forest, Brennan Johnson saw his penalty saved by Jason Steele early on. Cooper’s side then fell behind when Facundo Buonanotte gave Brighton the lead with a tap-in. However, Forest equalised through an own goal from Pascal Gross just before the break.

Danilo then finished off after a great run to give Forest the lead in the second half. Their victory was then sealed as Morgan Gibbs-White converted his penalty. Jubilant celebrations then followed at the City Ground as the Forest fans celebrated what looked to be an unlikely win.

Cooper will know that his side is not out of the woods yet as they are still just one point above the drop zone. The decision by the Forest hierarchy to stick with their manager is starting to pay off and will no doubt be the right call if Cooper keeps them in the division.

Predictions vs actual results:

Rob’s prediction Actual result
Man City 2-1 Arsenal Man City 4-1 Arsenal
Tottenham 0-2 Man United Tottenham 2-2 Man United
Nottingham Forest 1-2 Brighton Nottingham Forest 3-1 Brighton