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Mikel Arteta tells Arsenal fans not to be “sad” after losing title race to Man City

Mikel Arteta told Arsenal fans not to be “sad” after his team fell agonisingly short in this season’s Premier League title race.

The Gunners won 2-1 against Everton at a hopeful Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

However, that result was not enough to prevent Manchester City from being crowned champions of England for a fourth successive season.

City beat West Ham United 3-1 in Manchester and ultimately finished two points above Arteta’s side.

But Arteta expressed his pride at how the season had gone as he addressed the crowd after full-time in north London.

As quoted by BBC Sport, Arteta said: “All this is happening because you started believing, you started to be patient and started to understand what we tried to do. All the credit has to go to the players and the staff.

“Don’t be satisfied. We want much more than that and we’re going to get it.”

This was Arsenal’s best season in terms of points won since the club’s famous Invincibles campaign of 2003/04.

Meanwhile, the Gunners set a new club record by ending the season with a goal difference of +62 (the same as champions City.

Arteta has been in charge of Arsenal since December 2019.

His side have now finished second in each of the last two seasons – after placing eighth, eighth and fifth in the three campaigns before that.

The Premier League title race came down to the wire, with both Manchester City and Arsenal battling it out on the final matchday of the season.

Pep Guardiola’s side led 2-1 at half-time against West Ham, leaving Arsenal fans hopeful that there was still a chance for a dramatic turn of events.

The Gunners, hosting Everton at the Emirates, needed a win and for City to drop points to clinch the title.

During the game, the fans were momentarily fooled into celebrating when a rumour spread across the stadium that West Ham had equalised.

However, their joy quickly turned to disappointment as they realized it was just a false alarm.

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