‘I think it’s going to be very difficult’: Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard admits the title is ‘GONE’ after shock 3-0 defeat against Brighton… with Man City now just one win away from retaining crown
- Arsenal collapsed as they suffered a shock defeat at home on Sunday afternoon
- Manchester City can win the league before kicking a ball again next weekend
- The gap is now four points with Arsenal having two games remaining this term
Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard threw in the title race towel after his side were thumped 3-0 at home to Brighton.
Having seen Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to four points with a resounding win at Everton, the Gunners’ championship dreams were left in tatters as Julio Enciso, Deniz Undav and Pervis Estupinan scored three second-half goals to leave Arsenal on their knees.
Sunday’s events mean City, who have a game in hand, will retain the title if the Gunners fail to win at Forest on Saturday.
After the loss, skipper Odegaard was asked whether his die’s championship hopes were over, and he answered: ‘Yes, it feels like that. I think it’s going to be very difficult to be honest. So yeah it’s a tough one to take.
It’s not a good feeling at the moment especially the way we played in the second half. It’s a big, big disappointment and yes it feels like no hope now.’
Martin Odegaard has admitted it ‘looks like’ the Premier League title is gone for Arsenal
The Gunners fell to a 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton on Sunday to all but end their title hopes
Brighton ran riot at the Emirates, leading to Odegaard suggesting ‘it feels like there is ‘no hope’ Arsenal can win the title
After the game manager Mikel Arteta apologised to the club’s supporters and also admitted his team’s chances of overtaking City are effectively over.
‘Mathematically it’s still possible, and this is football, but today it’s impossible to think about that,’ said the Spaniard.
‘First we have to digest the result, the performance in the second half, to try and understand why – and obviously have a very different reaction in the next game.
‘We have to apologise because the performance we had in the second half is not acceptable.’
Arsenal have won just two of their last seven Premier League games, a run that has allowed City to storm past them at the top of the table.
And while Arteta defends his players he did suggest that some difficult conversations are required whilst also implicating that the club have strengthen significantly if they are to continuing competing in the Premier League and Champions League.
‘The team is able to show their face as well, for sure there are things that have to be addressed,’ said Arteta.
‘When it comes to the biggest stage there is a lot things we have to analyse. After that defeat at home, I think you have to make the analysis to yourself first before looking at anybody else and that’s what I have to do.
‘We cannot make any excuses, we have to look individually first and on Tuesday we can talk about it.’
Odegaard, who apologised to the Arsenal fans that remained at full time, was left unsure why the Gunners capitulated
The title can now be decided before City kick a ball again with Arsenal playing Nottingham Forest next week
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