The title may be won but Manchester City have no intention of coasting their way through to the last day of the season on May 13, as West Ham found to their cost on Sunday.
The key word in the build-up to the game at the London Stadium was respect, and Pep Guardiola and his team showed it in abundance to the clubs around West Ham near the bottom of the table.
It appeared unlikely the champions would be handing out easy points after claiming the title, and it took just 13 minutes for Leroy Sane to open the scoring at West Ham.
Their second – a Pablo Zabaleta own goal – took the clubs goal tally to 100 for the season and they became the fastest club to achieve that feat (35 games) since Everton did it in 32 games in 1931-32.
The 4-1 win over David Moyes’ side means they are now just two goals and three points short of breaking two records held by Chelsea – Carlo Ancelotti’s side hit 103 goals in 2009-10 and Jose Mourinho’s charges totalled 95 points in 2004-05.
Their remaining fixtures at home to Huddersfield and Brighton, before they end the season away at Southampton, mean they are highly likely to break the 100-point mark.
They also matched the record for the most number of wins (30) set by Chelsea last season and are on course to beat Manchester United’s title-winning margin of 18 points, achieved in 1999-00.
"I believe that when one day I look back, certainly I will be very proud of what I have done."-Arsene Wenger pic.twitter.com/LY0pkK8Gh7— Danny WelBeast (@WelBeast) April 21, 2018
Passion, respect and success- that is what Arsene Wenger is all about. Thank u for what you've done for us at @Arsenal and the football world. ⚽️ I'm grateful for everything you've taught me & all the trust you've put in me no matter how difficult the situation was.Merci Boss! pic.twitter.com/2KyoLyWrVT— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) April 20, 2018