Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta declared today ‘sad’ as they lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest in the Premier League.
Consequently, Manchester City have won the 2022/23 Premier League title – their third consecutive league trophy.
Taiwo Awoniyi scored the only goal after Forest dispossessed Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard.
Despite Arsenal having significantly more possession, they could not find their way past Forest.
Arteta expressed disappointment as Arsenal’s ten-month title chase crumbled in the past month.
The Gunners have now spent the most days at the top of the Premier League table without winning the title (248).
Arteta said (via football.london): “Really sad day. A lot of difficult emotions.
“We lost the game and we lost the championship after 10 and a half months fighting and nine and a half months fighting. We built a lot of belief that we could go on and win it.
“First of all, congrats Man City. From my side apologise because we have generated that belief that we can do it and at the end the team couldn’t do it.”
When asked when Arsenal’s title challenge fell away, Arteta said it began at Anfield. They led Liverpool by two goals but allowed them back into the game.
They dropped more points against West Ham United, Southampton and City. Arteta believes they conceded too many goals in that run, and it derailed their campaign.
Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale could only echo his manager’s words after the full-time whistle. He said the dust won’t settle until the summer.
However, he credited Forest for their brave showing and how they punished Arsenal on the counter.