Mikel Arteta describes the pain he felt on losing the title at Forest last season

At the end of last season, after Arsenal had led the Premier League for most of the season, and having just won an amazing game up at St James Park, with Newcastle also being in top form at home.

But suddenly our world fell apart when we completely capitulated at home against Crystal Palace, and we travelled to Nottingham knowing that only a win at the City Ground would keep our slim title hopes alive. Alas! After 20 minutes Forest took the lead, and then sat back and set up the low block, and despite our best efforts we couldn’t find a way back into the game, and just like that our title dreams were extinguished and we knew our season was over.

Mikel Arteta was asked in the pre-game press conference how he felt after losing that game, and obviously it was not a happy day for him, the players and us fans as well. He remembered it clearly: “I was devastated.” he said.

“I remember being in one room and I was not in a good place. When you realise that all the joy you have created, and all the hopes you have created, are now not happening, and that is the only picture that I had in my head.”

“Yes that was a difficult day, yeah.”

So yet again, we go back to Nottingham hoping to break our awful record at the City Ground and hoping to keep our title hopes intact.

Let’s all hope we have a different reaction after today’s game….


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  1. Tonight’s game may be Arteta’s chance to see Danilo’s performance, who could be a perfect competitor for Havertz or Zinchenko if we sign him in the summer

    1. Danilo, who’s started 3 matches as DM and 3 matches as CM this season? What on Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair are you on about?

  2. Come on Atherta, we lost the title when we lost to Everton and failed to come away with a draw against City all because of not having any game strategy last year, NOT at Nottingham.

  3. If Arteta was hurt by the loss at Forrest, then he must field the strongest Arsenal team at his exposal right now. He must start Partey, Rice and Odegaard in MF, Havertz on the bench for Partey. Martinelli, Jesus and Saka in attack; Trossard on the bench for either Saka or Martinelli. In defence Saliba, Gabriel, Kiewoir and Zinchenko. This team will come back with all three points.

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