Mikel Arteta’s message to Arsenal fans as the gunners lose the title race to Man City

Mikel Arteta’s message to Arsenal fans as the gunners lose the title race to Man City

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta congratulated Manchester City on winning the Premier League while ruminating on a “really sad day” following a 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest that cost the Gunners their first championship in nearly two decades.

Taiwo Awoniyi’s first-half goal gave Forest the three points necessary to guarantee their Premier League status, confirming Manchester City’s status as champions.
It was a bitter pill for Arteta to stomach after his team led the league table for 248 consecutive days, the majority of the season.

In March, an eight-point margin separated Arsenal and City, but an alarming decline coupled with a late-season surge allowed Pep Guardiola’s City to claim a third consecutive and fifth in six seasons.

“Really sad day, a lot of difficult emotions, we lost the game, we lost the championship after almost 10 and a half months on top,” he said.

“We created a great deal of illusion and confidence that we could go all the way and triumph, but we ultimately fell short. Congratulations to Man City; they’re the champions and deserve to be; they’ve held the title for 38 games while we’ve been unable to.

“This is the conclusion, and from my side, I apologize because we had built up the belief that we could do it, but in the end, the team was unable to do it, which is my fault.

“Today is nothing but sorrow. You see a lot of people, and they’ve put in everything, so much labor, so much faith, and so many hours, and I’m sad for them, because we wanted to find a way to cram everything we had into that group.

“We fell short, and as this is my employment and responsibility, I must analyze and consider the situation.

“Today, we should have played much better; we gave them a goal and another opportunity to score if they desired, but we were unable to break them down.

“When you get to April and May, you need 24 players available, fit, playing at their best, confident, and ready to go, and for a variety of factors, we haven’t had that.

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“There are decisive moments in the league that determine momentum and the outcome, and we did not have those margins on our side.”

Mikel Arteta’s message to Arsenal fans as the gunners lose the title race to Man City