Manchester City didn’t even have to play in the 37th round of the Premier League to claim the title, Arsenal did the dirty work instead of Erling Haaland, because the 1-0 defeat at home to Nottingham Forest made the Gunners’ deficit untenable. against the defending champion.
However, Arsenal fans were right to dream that their team would be champions for the first time since the 2003/04 season. The Londoners still led City by eight points at the halfway point of the season, and even at the beginning of April they had that much advantage – although they had played one game more than their rivals. However, Mikel Arteta’s team was able to win only two of the last eight championships, and they paid a heavy price for this, as Manchester City is not known for doing favors to rivals. He didn’t do it this time either, instead he won every match in the Premier League since mid-February, thereby clinching his third league title in a row.
The Gunners got the second place, which they probably would not have signed before the season, since they have not finished in such a high place since the 2015/16 season – they will be guests who have not been seen for a long time in the Champions League from September.
In addition, Arsenal can show a bitter record this year: the club was at the top of the table for 248 days without finally winning the championship. In this regard, Arteta’s students can “boast” the highest number.
The Spanish master was at a loss for words after Saturday’s match was called off.
“I can’t think right now.” We have to congratulate Manchester City. We made an amazing journey, we competed with City for ten months, we were ahead of them for a long time. We learned a lot during the season and achieved changes at the club. “We made huge strides and the icing on the cake would have been to win the Premier League, but we missed that,” Arteta lamented. “Now we have to heal the wounds because it’s very painful.” We have to find a way to elevate our players. A difficult week awaits us, added the Arsenal manager.
Source: Magyar Nemzet by magyarnemzet.hu.
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