Arsenal's Title Hopes Take a Major Hit with Loss to Brighton

Arsenal's dreams of clinching the title suffered a devastating blow as they succumbed to a 0-3 defeat against Brighton. The loss leaves league leaders Manchester City just one win away from securing their fifth Premier League title in six seasons. With matches against Chelsea (home), Brighton (away), and Brentford (away) still to come, City currently have 85 points, while Arsenal can now only achieve a maximum of 87.

Following City's dominant 3-0 victory over Everton earlier on Sunday, Mikel Arteta's side found themselves trailing by four points in the title race and in desperate need of a response. However, the day turned out to be deeply frustrating for Arsenal. Leandro Trossard came agonizingly close to scoring against his former club when he struck the crossbar, and both Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka had near misses. Brighton took the lead through Julio Enciso's close-range header, adding to Arsenal's woes. Substitute Deniz Undav further increased Brighton's lead by lobbing the ball over Aaron Ramsdale in the 86th minute, and Pervis Estupinan compounded Arsenal's misery with Brighton's third goal in the 96th minute.

Next Sunday, in front of their home fans at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City will secure the Premier League title if they defeat Chelsea at 16:00 BST. Even if Arsenal manages to defeat Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday at 17:30, City will still be crowned champions. However, if Arsenal loses at Forest, City will be confirmed as champions without even playing on Saturday.

The match between Arsenal and Brighton was marred by numerous fouls, and Arsenal suffered a blow when Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli was forced off the field due to an injury caused by a challenge from Brighton's Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo, a player the Gunners had attempted to sign in January. Brighton, aiming for their first-ever European qualification, had come close to scoring through Enciso before the Paraguayan forward stunned the Emirates with his goal in the 51st minute. The victory propelled Brighton above both Aston Villa and Tottenham, securing sixth place with 58 points, just four behind fifth-placed Liverpool, who have played one game more.