Nottingham Forest defeated Arsenal 1-0 on Saturday to end Arsenal‘s slim chances of winning the Premier League. Taiwo Awoniyi‘s goal gave Nottingham Forest the victory and ensured their place in the top division.
Just two months prior, Mikel Arteta’s club was eight points clear at the top. Since then, however, they have had a dreadful season, with their most recent loss guaranteeing Manchester City‘s second consecutive championship.
The amazing survival of Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest, who narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship last year, was celebrated in contrast to the visitors’ hopelessness when they reached 37 points.
The game changed in the 19th minute when Martin Odegaard, a usually excellent midfielder for Arsenal, made a rare error that allowed Morgan Gibbs-White to advance before passing to Awoniyi, who poked the ball home and sparked frenzied celebrations.
As expected, Arsenal had the majority of the ball but couldn’t convert it into goals. The superb Keylor Navas in goal for the hosts repeatedly denied Gabriel Jesus. Forest played on the counterattack, creating a number of opportunities.
With one game left, the outcome moved Arsenal up to second place with 81 points, while Manchester City now has 85 points with three games left, beginning on Sunday at home against Chelsea. Forest is six points above the bottom three in 16th place.
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