Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has reacted after Manchester City clinched the Premier League title on Saturday.
Manchester City won their third successive Premier League (PL) title following Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest.
“First of all, congratulations to City for winning the championship. Obviously, a really sad day for us after everything we’ve done in the season, but now we have to face the reality. Face it, it’s my responsibility and I have to take it,” Arteta said during a press conference.
“[We have to] heal the next few days. It is very painful, I’m extremely sad. I have to find a way to lift the players and we have a difficult week ahead of us. We have a huge responsibility [against Wolves next week], we play in front of our fans that have been incredible all season and they deserve a really good match.”
The 41-year-old also talked about the cruelty of sports while stating that the team cannot win all the time.
“This is the sport. Sometimes it’s a defeat, sometimes it’s a relationship that is broken, it’s a lot of factors. We have to live with that. Today is difficult and we have to face the difficulty and find a way to learn from it and be better,” Arteta said on ‘living’ with the defeat.
The Spaniard specifically talked about his team’s defense as they have been struggling at the back since April.
“The amount of goals we have conceded, the amount of goals we have given to the opponent. We should not look for excuses or put the guilt on someone, we should have been better as a team. The last few weeks we fell short, that’s for sure,” he concluded.
Arsenal only managed to win three out of nine games they played in the PL since the start of April, including a 4-1 title-defining defeat against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium and a 0-3 defeat against Brighton at The Emirates Stadium which practically ended their title hopes. They scored and conceded 17 goals each in the process.