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Arsenal beat Man United 1-0; Man City's title race goes down to the last Premier League matchday


It's going down to the wire.

Arsenal ensured the English Premier League title race goes into the final day of the season after returning to the top of the standings with a 1-0 win away to Manchester United on Sunday.

Leandro Trossard's 20th-minute winner at Old Trafford means the Londoners will take on defending champions Manchester City in the final round of games next Sunday.

“Today we really wanted to knock on the door and open that box of dreams and live the last and last day of the season in front of our men with the chance to win the Premier League,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said. “Everything is at stake. We have had no margin for error since January.”

City can clinch the title with a win against Tottenham on Tuesday, barring Arsenal's win against United. Arteta's team duly delivered and finished a point clear at the top.

Arsenal host Everton in the final round, while City take on West Ham after Tuesday's game at Spurs.

For now, Arsenal have done their best to keep the pressure on Pep Guardiola's side — improving on last season when a late slump allowed City to clinch a third straight title with three games to spare.

Although the title is still in City's hands, they need to win the remaining two games to secure a record fourth-straight English league title.

Arsenal are aiming to be crowned champions for the first time since 2004, when Arsene Wenger's side went an entire league campaign without defeat to earn the “Invincible” nickname.

The current class may not match that feat, but with 27 wins and 89 goals it has set two new club records in the Premier League era.

“It's not progress, it's history,” Arteta said. “It's very difficult to do, especially in the league we're playing in now.”

The trip to Old Trafford always seemed to be Arsenal's biggest test during the run-in and history has not been on their side, with United winning just once in their last 16 league games at home. Despite that record, it was still favorites to beat a United side that was brutally exposed by Crystal Palace in their 4-0 drubbing at Selhurst Park earlier in the week.

Casemiro, who received heavy criticism for his performance as a makeshift center back against Palace, was again Arsenal's winner when he slowed to push up and played Kai Havertz into the side. The Germany forward took advantage and drove into the box before Trossard converted from close range.

With so much at stake, tensions rose with Arsenal's players, who were unable to build on that early advantage and instead conceded long periods of possession to United.

Still, United rarely looked likely to open up their opponents and it was the closest Arsenal came to adding to their lead in the second half through substitutes Gabriel Martinelli and Declan Rice.

Reporting by the Associated Press.


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