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Arteta apologizes to fans after blowing the title race

Mikel Arteta expressed his frustration and apologized to Arsenal fans following their disappointing 3-0 defeat to Brighton, which has effectively ended their chances of winning the Premier League.

The Seagulls scored three goals in the second half through Julio Enciso, Deniz Undav, and Pervis Estupinan, sealing a well-deserved victory at the Emirates. The defeat means that Manchester City requires only one more win from their remaining three games to retain their title, with a four-point lead over the Gunners and a game in hand.

If Arsenal loses to Nottingham Forest on Saturday night. In that case, City will be declared champions, adding to Arsenal’s woes, who have managed only two victories in their last seven matches, failing to win in five.

“A really different feeling to the feeling that we all had last Sunday (at Newcastle) when we felt proud and we felt that we really did what we needed to win in certain moments. Today is completely the opposite,” Arteta admitted.

“We have to apologize to our people, especially for the second half.

“What I have to accept first is what happened in the second half and digest it.

“After that until it’s mathematically over… the second position is secure. That’s not going to change. We have to digest and that will take a few days.

“At the moment it’s just frustration. The feeling that we gave the game away in the second half. We fought really hard to be in the position that we are in and today we were in a critical moment to keeping hoping and digging for that dream.

“When you have to play in these moments you cannot do what we did in the second half.

“Then we have to look. If a team is capable of doing that when it comes to the biggest stage. there’s a lot of things to analyze and think about because it cannot happen.”

Arteta disappointed with how his team capitulated

Manchester City had won 3-0 against Everton earlier in the day, increasing the pressure on Arsenal. However, despite losing Gabriel Martinelli to an ankle injury in the 19th minute, Arsenal started the match strongly.

During the first half, Gabriel Jesus tested Jason Steele with a shot. Leandro Trossard hit the crossbar with a swerving effort, and Bukayo Saka missed a shot wide from 14 yards out.

At the beginning of the second half, Brighton punished Arsenal’s lack of scoring efficiency. Estupinan’s blocked cross was followed by a scuffed center that Enciso headed home for his third goal of the season.

After this, Arteta made several changes to the Arsenal team, but Brighton remained in control and scored two more goals. Undav was able to lob Aaron Ramsdale in the 86th minute, and Estupinan scored a close-range finish in stoppage time.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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