Legendary Arsenal captain, now a pundit Tony Adams, gave his verdict on Arsenal’s title capitulation and named the main reason for the Gunners collapse towards the end of the season.
Looking back on the season, Arsenal defied all expectations by challenging Manchester City for the title, but ultimately fell short, as the Citizens won their fourth league title in five years, with only Liverpool breaking their streak in the 2019/20 season.
Arsenal challenged Manchester City throughout the season, but the last two months proved to be an unclimbable mountain as they only won two games out of their last eight games, where as Pep Guardiola’s side went on a 12 match winning run in the Premier League. The contrast in results during the title run-in proved to be costly in the end.
Manchester City looked like a team who’s been here before. Arsenal looked like the youngest team in the league who haven’t been in this position for 19 years. However it doesn’t take away from the outstanding season Mikel Arteta’s team have had in 2022/23.
Tony Adams has had his say on Arsenal’s season and the last two months:
“If there’s one thing I’d go for is a little bit more rotations. We’ve depended on Saka and Martinelli for most of the season. They could have given Emile more time. We need them (Saka and Martinelli) at the end of the season. We’ll always going to need them to get over the line”
“I’ve been waiting for the team to do errors but they weren’t coming. There was a stable back four. The goalkeeper was looking confident. The midfield balance was perfect. We had it going on. But as soon as the resources ran out, couple of injuries, people lost their form, it didn’t work. I think it was lost two, three months ago. I think they’ve run out of steam.”
He also praised Arteta and the team by stating: “This side has been brilliant. No one expected this. They’ve done brilliant and Arteta is hurting. He’s got the most he possibly could out of those bunch of players and that’s all you need as a coach.”
It seems like Tony Adams is thinking the same as most of the Arsenal fans in saying that rotation and injuries are the main reason for the Gunners’s bad run-of-form at the end of the season.
Losing Takehiro Tomiyasu, William Saliba and then Oleksandr Zinchenko towards the end of the season ended up being too much for Arsenal to handle, as well as the lack of quality in depth in certain areas.
However, there is no doubt that this is only the start for this young Arsenal team. It’s been reported that the Gunners are set to have one of their biggest transfer windows in the clubs’ history, ahead of a return to the Champions League next season, for the first time in seven years.