Arsenal gets late winner against Everton but has to settle for second place in Premier League

AP , Sunday 19 May 2024

Arsenal did its part by earning a comeback win over Everton on the last day of the season but the 20-year wait for a Premier League title goes on.

Arsenal s Japanese defender #18 Takehiro Tomiyasu (L), Arsenal s Ukrainian defender #35 Oleksandr Zinchenko (C) and Arsenal s English midfielder #41 Declan Rice (R) react on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates Stadium in London on May 19, 2024. AFP


Kai Havertz scored in the 89th minute to give Arsenal a 2-1 victory on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough as Manchester City secured its fourth straight league title by beating West Ham 3-1 at home.

At least the late goal provided a bit of a gloss on a day when any hopes of an unlikely title win quickly disappeared.

Mikel Arteta’s team entered the day with a chance of earning the club’s first league title since the 2003-04 “Invincibles” side, but needed to both beat Everton and hope City would somehow drop points against West Ham.

But a raucous Emirates Stadium was quickly quieted when City was 2-0 up within 18 minutes in Manchester and Idrissa Gueye’s deflected free kick gave Everton the lead in the 40th in north London.

There was still a glimmer of hope when Takehiro Tomiyasu quickly equalized and West Ham pulled a goal back before the break. But by the time Havertz put Arsenal ahead, City had restored its two-goal cushion, ensuring that the Gunners’ day would end in disappointment.

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