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Arsenal 2-1 Everton: Gunners miss out on Premier League title

Going into kick-off, Arsenal were unlikely to deny City a record fourth successive Premier League win, but faint hopes persisted.

The task for Mikel Arteta’s side was further complicated by Bukayo Saka being ruled out with a muscle problem.

When City scored twice in the first half, the Gunners essentially needed snookers.

Arsenal couldn’t have done much more that day. They could have been out of sight early on against Everton had it not been for a series of fine saves from Jordan Pickford, particularly when he was one-on-one with Gabriel Martinelli.

And the crowd, which had fallen flat within minutes of the start as news of Foden’s goals filtered through, was energized by Tomiyasu’s equalizer and by reports that Mohammed Kudus had made it 2-1 at the Etihad Stage.

There were even widespread suggestions that West Ham had equalised, with fans caught on camera celebrating a phantom Hammers equaliser. Some supporters even asked journalists at the Emirates Stadium to confirm the real result in Manchester.

Those celebrations turned to defiance as Rodri restored City’s two-goal lead.

It summed up the emotion and ferocity of the Premier League title race, in which Arsenal fell just short.

A small advantage was the return of Jurrien Timber after a serious knee injury, who came into action in the second half for the first time since the opening day.