The coach of Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, has said that regardless of how the race for the title in England ends, his team has made great strides this season. The Londoners face relegation-threatened Nottingham Forest, and an Arsenal defeat in this fixture would automatically hand City the title. Arteta's team is 4 points away from the "citizens" and the championship title already seems an almost impossible goal, but Arteta has chosen to focus on the positive aspect of Arsenal's development:
"We have built a strong base. There is a lot of quality, there are a lot of young and enthusiastic players, and we are also surrounded by good people with the right experience and a lot of leadership within them. We must continue to do the same as the demands, expectations and challenges will be even greater next season."
We recall that from the beginning of the championship, until February, Arsenal suffered only one loss in the Premier League, creating a convincing margin at the top of the standings. However, in the second half of the season, draws against Liverpool, West Ham and Southampton saw City take the top spot. When asked by reporters if Arsenal's season ended on a painful note, Arteta added:
"It depends on what the pain is. We had a lot of good moments where we were happy with what we did. Pain is part of the game, when you don't win, when you don't perform at the right level, you have to feel upset. It has to be the right pain so that you can use it to improve and find solutions and answers to earn more.”
Arsenal will play the last 2 games of the season in the Premier League against Nottingham Forest and Chelsea.