There are three rounds left in this year’s English top flight, but it is already almost certain that Arsenal will not reach the trophy despite a great first half of the season. After a poor performance, the Gunners crashed out against Brighton at home and lost the trophy in front of their eyes after a 0:3 defeat.
Captain Martin Odegaard himself admitted in a post-match interview that this is the final one for Arsenal. “As hard as it is to admit, it’s probably to everyone. It’s going to be very difficult for us now. The way we played today, especially in the second half, I don’t know what happened,” the Norwegian international commented on the situation.
Back in March, Arsenal fans were chest thumping and chanting “The title is ours!”. Not to be, after Arsenal had an eight-point lead, they seemed to be eyeing the trophy. However, the machine of the last few years of English football – Manchester City – once again visited the scene.
The Citizens are currently riding a winning streak that now stands at twenty-two games, and although everyone must admit that this is a tough one to play against, we must add that Arsenal have lost the title themselves.
Out of the last seven Premier League games, Arsenal have only won twice, something that a team that wants to succeed in one of the most prestigious competitions in the world cannot afford to do. Moreover, in the two most important matches, those against Manchester City, it has twice lost, by 1:3 and 1:4.
In addition, the Gunners needlessly lost points with opponents from the bottom of the table. The loss to Everton or the two draws with Southampton and West Ham are also among the reasons for the failure of the traditional London club.
Despite the sad end to the season, Arsenal can be satisfied overall. Second place will probably be beyond their expectations, plus the Champions League will return to the Emirates stadium after a few years. Moreover, the Gunners have a young squad full of hungry starlets who have the best of their careers ahead of them.
The team is also complemented by experienced players such as Granit Xhaka and Jorginho. This will extend Arsenal’s wait for the title to nineteen years to ninety-nine percent. The Citizens now have a four-point lead at the top of the table, but they have one less game to play.
They only need one win from their last three games. Guardiola’s side will have their first opportunity next Sunday when they take on struggling Chelsea at 5pm. If they succeed, Arsenal will have to try for the trophy the following season.
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