Mikel Arteta: Arsenal Boss Blames Himself for Premier League Title Collapse

Mikel Arteta: Arsenal Boss Blames Himself for Premier League Title Collapse

Elijah Odetokun
updated at October 20, 2023 at 9:17 AM
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  • Arsenal led the Premier League table for most of last season but failed to win it
  • The Gunners conceded defeat with three games to go and Manchester City won
  • Mikel Arteta has opened up on the aftermath of losing the title on his confidence

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta is not the man to hide and has honestly admitted losing the Premier League title last season made him have doubts over his ability to lead the club.

The Gunners were at the top of the league table for most of last season, maintaining a gap of around eight points over second-placed Manchester City, but could not go all the way.

Arteta's team capitulated in week 36 after losing to Nottingham Forest, with City beating Chelsea the following day to win their third consecutive title and Pep Guardiola's fifth.

Mikel Arteta, Emirates Stadium, Arsenal, Manchester City.
Mikel Arteta celebrates after Arsenal beat Manchester City for the first time since 2015. Photo by Ryan Pierse.
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The club went trophyless in what looked like their best season in years, crashing out of the Europa League in the round of 16 and getting knocked out of the domestic cups, notably the FA Cup by the Citizens.

Arteta blames himself for title collapse

The club's hierarchy afforded the Spanish boss time and money to build a team capable of competing and the manner in which they lost the chance hurts.

Speaking to Men In Blazers, Arteta opened up on his emotions weeks after the season:

"I'm a terrible loser. I was really disappointed not to win the title when we had a big chance to do it. I put the blame on me, and I had to think if I'm still the right person to take the club to a different level."

Per Football Transfers, the team was bolstered by the arrivals of Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, Jurrien Timber, and David Raya - all of whom cost a combined €231 million.

After eight games, the Gunners are joint top with 20 points alongside their North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur and have beaten City for the first time in 12 games since 2015.

Erling Haaland trolls Arsenal fans

Sports Brief previously reported on Erling Haaland's savage gesture to Arsenal fans who booed him after he was substituted in the 65th minute of City's loss to Arsenal in the Community Shield.

The Norwegian raised three fingers to signify the number of trophies his team won last season, while the Gunners went empty-handed despite spending many weeks at the top of the EPL table.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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