Knocked off the highest spot, winless in three video games and misfiring in entrance of purpose, Arsenal’s shock quest for the Premier League title has had a February to overlook.
Mikel Arteta’s facet completed fifth final season, 24 factors off the highest, however the Spaniard has masterminded a monumental reversal of type this time round.
Arsenal was eight factors forward within the standings a month in the past, however then got here a defeat by Everton, a draw with Brentford after which Wednesday’s 3-1 dwelling defeat by Manchester City.
City now tops the desk on purpose distinction, albeit with a recreation extra performed, and has put aside its personal stumbles to win its final three matches.
Arsenal pressed with depth on Wednesday and produced a spirited efficiency, however its frailties had been clear to see. Eddie Nketiah put a free header extensive, Takehiro Tomiyasu volleyed an opportunity over and Bukayo Saka fluffed his traces when he took too lengthy to get a shot away.
Arteta’s choice to go for Tomiyasu, fairly than Ben White, at proper again, backfired when he handed City the opener with a mistimed again move which Kevin De Bruyne lifted over Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
Its shortcomings continued, with Tomiyasu sending an effort hovering over the bar quickly after. It had 10 pictures however just one on course, a statistic which can assist to elucidate why it has scored solely twice in its final 4 video games, together with the 1-0 FA Cup defeat by City.
It is a well-recognized story for Arsenal, which has struggled to scrape constructive outcomes from disappointing performances like championship-winning sides of latest years.
Against Everton, the place it was misplaced 1-0, it was wasteful within the remaining third and couldn’t make a late string of possibilities rely.
At dwelling to Brentford Arsenal had extra pictures general, probably the most efforts on course and the lion’s share of the possession however nonetheless did not win.
The momentum could also be with the Manchester membership, however Arsenal’s title hopes are removed from over and the sport in hand may see them again on high earlier than lengthy.
The undeniable fact that slipping from high place on purpose distinction is a disappointment additionally exhibits how far it has are available a yr, the place it had battled from a disappointing begin to the season, shedding 5-0 to City, to sit down sixth in February 2022.