Mikel Arteta maintains that the race for the title is not over but admits he acknowledges that Arsenal were nowhere near adequate against Manchester City on Wednesday.
Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones, and Erling Haaland scored goals for Arsenal, which fell 4-1 at the Etihad.
As a result, the Gunners are now just two points behind the Citizens at the top of the table. They have played two more games, and with City in fantastic form, the title race is over.
After embarrassing draws against Liverpool, West Ham, and Southampton, Arsenal hasn’t won in four games, and their loss to City appears to have ended their chances of winning the Premier League for the first time since 2004.
Mikel Arteta said he was “very disappointed” but was clearly enraged by his team’s terrible performance during his post-game press conference.
“We knew that we were going to need our best as a team and individually, when you come here you need to be at your best. Today we were far from that.
“The better team won the game. They were probably at their best in the first half and we weren’t at our level. In terms of the basics we didn’t do it.
“I don’t think they [his players] were scared, but the way we started the game, we put ourselves in trouble in many situations. When that happens we could not grab the game the way we wanted.
“The stats at the start of the season said we’d finish sixth or seventh and we are where we are. There’s still five games to go.
“I’ve been in this country 22 years and things change a lot. They’re an exceptional team but we are an exceptional team as well.
“I don’t know what is going to be required [to win the league]. For sure we have to lift the players up first because they suffered tonight. We need to do everything that we’ve done so far so well and start winning.”