It would take "a miracle for [Manchester City] not to win [the Premier League title]," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on the club's official website, ahead of the final round of matches in the Premier League football calendar.
Manchester City have a comfortable two-point lead over Liverpool, who host Newcastle United. Due to a superior goal difference of 13, all Manchester City have to do to win the title is not lose - they host West Ham United on Sunday - in order to reclaim the crown.
Arsenal sustained their own push for honours for a 128-period, a record high for the season, yet their challenge faded as the campaign progressed.
Should the Gunners match City's result at the weekend, they will confirm Norwich City's relegation regardless, then Manuel Pellegrini and City would finish seven points ahead of Wenger's Arsenal: "Congratulations to them," added Arsene.
"It was tight at the top and at the bottom. It was a season where City just won it, getting over the line. They won the marathon and they turned up in the last 100 yards - they turned up when it mattered.
"The turning point was the Everton game they won. It was not easy for them," he said.
Liverpool played themselves into an advantageous position but a loss to Chelsea and a draw against Crystal Palace has seen them fall just short, even though they arguably played some of the finest football during the business end of the season.
"Liverpool had an outstanding second part of the season," noted Wenger. "They are maybe the most unlucky team of the season. They were nearly there."