Let’s dissect some key points from Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest in our final away game of the season, a result that handed the Premier League title to Manchester City.
First off, congratulations are in order for Manchester City on winning the Premier League and for Nottingham Forest on securing their place in the Premier League for another season. It seems like we truly are the gift that keeps on giving.
A standout point is that Kieran Tierney seems almost certainly set to leave Arsenal this summer. The fact that Mikel Arteta hasn’t given him substantial game time towards the crucial end of the season speaks volumes. If Tierney was part of Arteta’s long-term plans, he would’ve played him more. The most likely destination for him appears to be Newcastle, and the starting 11 selection seems to be hinting at just that.
Mikel Arteta’s tactical experimentation and the lineup changes in this game absolutely didn’t work. The shift of Thomas Partey to right back and Kieran Tierney to left back left the team looking disoriented at times. The absence of Gabriel Martinelli, William Saliba, and Zinchenko was deeply felt and evidently had an impact on our performance.
Congratulations to Manchester City on securing the Premier League title. It’s important to acknowledge that this is one of the greatest teams in Premier League history. They’ve just achieved a threepeat and are on track to win the treble – that deserves respect.
As an Arsenal fan, I’m admittedly disappointed that we couldn’t take the title race to the final day of the season. I’ve gained a greater appreciation for Liverpool’s tenacity, having achieved that feat several times in recent years.
Of course, I’m disappointed that Arsenal didn’t secure the Premier League title and that we didn’t remain competitive until the last game of the season. However, I strongly believe that labeling this season as terrible or labeling it as another failure is an exaggeration and quite far from the truth.
My hope is that the Arsenal players will observe the celebrations of the Man City players and use that sight as motivation to push us forward. The aim is to harness this disappointment and turn it into a driving force that propels us to secure the Premier League title next season.