Man City one win from title after Arsenal's home defeat

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Manchester City are one victory away from retaining the English Premier League after they beat Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park.

Arsenal's loss to Brighton by the same score later on Sunday means Pep Guardiola's team need just one more victory to be crowned champions for the third season in a row.

Two goals from Ilkay Gundogan and another from Erling Haaland – his 52nd of the season – secured the points and stretched City's unbeaten run to 21 games in all competitions.

It was an 11th straight win in the league, during which the defending champions have overhauled long-time leaders at the top of the table and put Guardiola on the brink of a fifth title in six seasons.

"Every time we win a game we're a bit closer but Chelsea (May 21) and Brighton (May 24) will be tough games," Guardiola said. "Now we know two wins from the last three games will be enough."

In fact, now just one win is necessary after Arsenal conceded second-half goals from Julio Enciso, Deniz Undav and Pervis Estupinan at Emirates Stadium.

A win for City against Chelsea would secure the title.

Defeat for Everton, meanwhile, leaves the Merseyside club just one point above the relegation zone and in a desperate fight for survival after 69 years in the top flight.

If Leicester beat Liverpool on Monday, Everton would drop into the bottom three with two games to play.

"We just need to get it over the line, that's the priority, not Manchester City," Everton manager Sean Dyche said.

Arsenal's Mikel Arteta said before the Brighton match that it was a must-win for his team and their defeat came after a promising first half.

Arsenal had chances to take the lead in the first half and Leandro Trossard clipped the crossbar.

But Enciso's 51st-minute header was followed by late efforts from Undav and Estupinan.

The Gunners were well beaten and the stadium was emptying fast by the time Estupinan scored the Seagulls' third in stoppage time and Arteta apologised to supporters.

"We have to apologise to our people, especially for the second half.

"What I have to accept first is what happened in the second half and digest it.

"After that, until it's mathematically over... The second position is secure, that's not going to change. We have to digest and that will take a few days."

In the day's other game, goals from Brentford's Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa in a 2-0 victory ensured West Ham are still not mathematically assured of safety.

David Moyes made nine changes ahead of Thursday night's Europa Conference League semi-final second leg against AZ Alkmaar but his Hammers side came up well short.

Mbeumo and Wissa both scored before halftime and although Danny Ings thought he had reduced the deficit after the break, his tap-in was controversially disallowed for handball by Divin Mubama following a VAR review.

With PA