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Man City’s Record on the Final Day of the Premier League Season Compared to Arsenal

A rare victory at Old Trafford meant Arsenal ensured the race for the 2023/24 Premier League title would be decided on the final day of the season.

Between the Gunners’ triumph at the Theater of Dreams and Sunday’s final, Manchester City faced a major hurdle.

Anything other than a win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a stadium where Pep Guardiola’s men have been defeated so often in the past, would have handed the initiative to their title rivals on the final weekend. And while the Lilywhite fanbase almost unanimously supported the Cityzens on Tuesday night, Ange Postecoglou made it clear that showing off on site was the last thing on his mind.

His team had a job to do and gave City more resistance than any team since Arsenal took a point at the Etihad Stadium. Still, Guardiola’s all-conquering side picked up the required three points with the help of a brain lapse from Son Heung-min in front of goal.

This means City have a two-point lead at the top before the final matchday. Victory over West Ham at the Etihad will see them crowned champions for an unprecedented fourth time in a row. And securing titles on the final day is certainly something the Cityzens are familiar with.

Here’s how Man City’s record compares to Arsenal’s on the final day of the match.

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Man City secured four Premier League titles in the final day / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

Man City’s performances in the second division at the turn of the millennium mean that Man City have played five fewer Premier League games on the final day than Arsenal, with City winning just 50% of those games.

Of the 13 wins, nine have come since the last defeat on the last matchday – an inconsequential 2-3 home defeat against Norwich at the end of the 2012/13 season. Their only ‘slip’ since then was a 1-1 draw against Swansea in 2016.

Under Guardiola, City have won all seven of their final day games and some of those victories have been significant. The Cityzens secured two titles, winning 4-1 at Brighton in 2019, before coming from behind to beat Aston Villa in 2022. Gabriel Jesus also scored a late goal at St Mary’s in 2018, ensuring Guardiola’s side became the first-ever ‘Centurions’ in Premier League history.

Of course, before Guardiola made the breakthrough, there was the most memorable finish in the competition’s history, when Sergio Aguero scored in the final against Queens Park Rangers in 2012. Aguero’s infamous title-winning campaign came just four years after Middlesbrough scored eight goals against the Sky Blues at the end of the 2007/08 season – the most infamous of eight final defeats.

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Arsenal beat Leicester on the final day of the match to celebrate an unbeaten 2003/04 season / Sportsphoto/Allstar/GettyImages

Unlike City, Arsenal have never secured the Premier League title on the final day of the match. However, they ensured they had an unbeaten season in 2003/04 by beating Leicester 2-1 at Highbury.

The Gunners have proven productive on the last matchday in Premier League history, winning 74.2% of their 31 games. They scored an average of 2.6 goals per game and achieved a commanding goal difference of +44.

They have won every game on the final day since the 2011-12 season and have gone 15-1 overall in the last three seasons.

Remarkably, their last defeat on the final day came back in 2005 when Birmingham beat them 2-1 at St Andrews. At this point, Arsenal had lost six of 13 finals this season.

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