‘If it weren’t for two draws in early April… ‘
In the end, Manchester City won the English Premier League (EPL) in the 2022-2023 season. Like a racehorse after chasing the lead and then hitting it at the last corner, Man City relentlessly pursued Arsenal, who had been running at the top of the league for a long time, and turned the tide of the season at the end of the season. In the end, Man City ‘sit down’ and lifted the trophy. Arsenal lost 0-1 to Nottingham Forest in the 37th round of the EPL on the 21st, and Man City’s own championship was confirmed.
From Arsenal’s point of view, it is a season that can be ‘one of the best’. It is because he has been leading the league from the beginning and has been dreaming of winning the league for the first time in 19 years. Arsenal got off to an explosive start with five consecutive wins. Driven by this momentum, only one loss was allowed until the 19th round, and an overwhelming lead was spread. Until then, few people doubted Arsenal’s championship.
However, Arsenal lost their strength the further they went. On the contrary, Manchester City accelerated their rise as they moved backwards. Eventually, Arsenal gave up the lead in the 34th round. Arsenal kept the top spot for 248 days, but failed to win the title, becoming ‘a team that stayed at the top for the longest time in the history of the English First Division and did not win’.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was very disappointed with this shocking result. After the match against Nottingham Forest, he looked back on this season and expressed regret over his failure to win. In particular, manager Arteta pointed out that Man City gave up the championship due to ‘two fatal results’.
British media Express reported on the 21st that ‘Arsenal coach Arteta pointed out two decisive moments that gave Manchester City the championship’. The ‘two fatal points’ pointed out by Arteta were the 30th round away match against Liverpool held at Liverpool Anfield on April 10th and the 31st round against West Ham held at London Stadium on April 16th.안전놀이터
These are games that have something in common. It was all away, and Arsenal scored two early goals to take a 2-0 lead. However, in the second half of the game, they failed to keep the lead and conceded two goals, resulting in a 2-2 draw. In particular, Liverpool gave away a fatal equalizer to Firmino in the 42nd minute of the second half, towards the end of the game.
Coach Arteta pointed out that these two draws were the decisive scenes that ultimately gave Manchester City the championship. “(The reversal of first place) started with what happened at Anfield almost 90 minutes into the game, and if we had beaten West Ham 3-1 next time, it would have been completely different,” he said, regretting that Arsenal would have won the title had it not been for the two draws. confided in