Manchester City seized control of the Premier League title race as Kevin De Bruyne inspired a crucial 4-1 defeat of leaders Arsenal on Wednesday.
De Bruyne scored twice and set up John Stones’ goal before Erling Haaland sealed the game at the Etihad Stadium with Manchester City showing why they have been champions four times in the last five seasons.
Pep Guardiola’s side have trailed Arsenal for much of the campaign, but the Gunners have dropped points over the last month while City show no signs of being affected by the pressure. Second placed City are now just two points behind Arsenal with two games in hand.
City will become champions for a third successive season if they win six of their last seven matches.
Few would bet against them after a run of seven consecutive league victories reeled in leaders Arsenal.
Unbeaten in their last 16 games in all competitions, City have won 13 of their past 14 games as they chase a remarkable treble.
They booked an FA Cup final date with Manchester United last weekend and face Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals.
While City eye a memorable end to the season, Arsenal, who were eight points clear at the start of April, have failed to win any of their last four league games.
Arsenal’s third defeat against City in 2023 could prove the final blow to their hopes of winning the title for the first time in 19 years.