Ahead of their matchup against Nottingham
Forest, Mikel Arteta isn’t ready to give up on Arsenal’s waning Premier League title hopes.
Most people thought the Gunners’ title chances were over after their shocking 3-0 loss to Brighton the previous Saturday. Manchester City defeated Everton by the same score earlier in the day to increase their lead over the competition by four points, with a game remaining.
Six weeks prior, Arsenal had an eight-point lead, but Pep Guardiola was able to take advantage of a run of unfavorable results. City needs one more victory to clinch their third consecutive Premier League championship.
Bookmakers are giving Man City a 1/500 chance of winning the title, and some have already started paying out after the Arsenal gaffe. Surprisingly, Guardiola is favored to complete a historic triple next month at odds as low as 4/7.
However, until the battle is mathematically won, Arsenal manager Arteta will not give up on the league. Even though his side blew an eight-point lead, the Spaniard assured his team would not “bottle” the championship.
We have demonstrated this season (that we are capable of being title contenders), and we still are,” Arteta told the media. “There are two more games left. Despite playing against arguably the greatest side in Premier League history, we can still win the title.
“We’re still there, and we’re definitely not going to bottle it. What happens next season depends on how we evolve and how we start.”