Man City won the Premier League for the sixth time in six years as a result of Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. Jamie Carragher on Arsenal’s collapse: “It was an amazing position and they blew it.” Jamie Carragher worries that Arsenal may not have a better opportunity to compete effectively against Manchester City next season and that their roster would need to be significantly strengthened. On Saturday, Nottingham Forest defeated the Gunners 1-0 to terminate the Gunners’ title hopes, and Pep Guardiola’s team won the Premier League for the sixth time in six years. Earlier in the season, Arsenal led City by eight points and held the top spot in the standings for 248 days. However, their challenge ended when they went on a run of only two victories in their next eight games.
Jamie Carragher believes Arsenal ‘blew it’ & they need more depth to compete with Manchester City
Carragher believes that their lack of depth harmed them, as injuries caused them to lose numerous important players, most notably William Saliba, and prevented others from getting rest or rotation. “When you look at Arsenal’s first XI, it’s not a million miles away from what we’ve seen from Man City, they play a similar style,” Carragher remarked following the match at the City Ground. But [Bukayo] Saka has participated in every game and did so last season. Some of your best players aren’t able to play constantly. Although he doesn’t appear in every match for Manchester City, I believe Kevin De Bruyne has been the best player in the Premier League for the past four to five years. But the fact that there has been a significant decline in performance over the second half of the season will be the biggest disappointment. We cannot dispute that. At the halfway point, Arsenal had 50 points.
You know, going into any season, you have to get over 90 points to win a title right now because of Man City.
“Arsenal could end up with 84, so even though we say they’re unlucky, they’ve done all they can, it’s not a great total when we talk about really pushing someone to the line.”Liverpool reached the middle of the 1990s but failed to win the league. You need to score 90 or higher. They were on track to do that, but the second half of the season has seen a drastic decline, with a lack of squad depth serving as one of the major contributing factors. They must recruit more talented players. “Declan Rice of West Ham is among Arsenal’s priorities in the summer transfer market, but Carragher believes that even if they make the necessary improvements, their prospects of repeating this season’s success are small.
“I do need to reflect on how frequently Arsenal will be in the position where they are eight points ahead with 10 games remaining. We cannot argue that they blew such a great opportunity.
“They’ve had an incredible season, but if they’re in that position next season, ahead of a great team like Man City, I’d be extremely surprised. For me, Man City wasn’t the real Man City for the first two-thirds of the season; but, it seems that after the international break, they have pulled themselves together and we have seen the genuine Man City of the previous four or five years.
“Arsenal have been excellent, and without them, what would the Premier League have been this year? They gave us a fight and a pursuit, but sadly for them, it was ineffective. After the game, Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, was visibly upset and took responsibility for the team’s failure, apologizing for the manner in which their title hopes were dashed. In his press conference, he added, “It’s a really sad day and there are a lot of difficult emotions.”
Naturally, given that we lost the match and the championship after ten and a half months of battling for it. I am aware that we created the delusion, enthusiasm, and conviction that we could prevail in the end, but we fell short. So, my sincere congratulations go out to Manchester City, who earned their title. They have been able to accomplish that for 38 games whereas we have not been able to. That’s it, and I sincerely apologize on my part since we created a sense of possibility that the team failed to realize, and I bear some of the blame. When asked when things started to go wrong for his team, Arteta cited the 2-2 draw with West Ham and the late tie with Liverpool at Anfield, where they had given up a two-goal lead. He also acknowledged that their defensive issues had cost them dearly.
“It started with what happened at Anfield in the 90th minute.”
We give it away, and if you go to West Ham and win 3-1, it will change the situation. We have handed up 16 goals in those games, which is a lot, as you are aware, and you cannot continue doing that. Because there are no margins in this competition, you must be excellent in every area to succeed. Since that team doesn’t allow you any margins, we overshot and ultimately lost the league because of it.