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Almost, but not quite. For the second consecutive season, Arsenal finds themselves trailing in Manchester City’s wake, as Pep Guardiola’s unstoppable winning machine cruises to yet another victory, including a recent 3-1 triumph over West Ham.

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Under Mikel Arteta, Arsenal has undoubtedly progressed significantly, yet they’re left pondering missed opportunities once again. Despite City finishing on 91 points, slightly below their usual winning average, Arsenal’s near-perfect second-half performance wasn’t enough to offset earlier mistakes. Let’s delve into the matches that dashed their title hopes…

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Arsenal 2-2 Fulham, August 26:
A season opener marred by defensive woes as Arteta’s decision to sideline Gabriel Magalhaes proved costly. A makeshift defense, coupled with errors from Partey, Saka, and Ramsdale, led to a disappointing draw against Fulham.

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Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal, October 21:
An anticipated victory turned into a struggle as Arsenal delivered their poorest performance of the season against Chelsea. While a late comeback salvaged a point, it was clear that more was needed from the Gunners.

Arsenal 0-2 West Ham, December 28:
Once again, Arsenal’s Achilles heel emerged, this time in the form of defensive lapses and missed opportunities. West Ham capitalized on errors to secure a decisive victory, further dimming Arsenal’s title hopes.

Man City 0-0 Arsenal, March 31:
A stalemate at the Etihad left Arsenal needing perfection in their remaining games. While a goalless draw kept them in contention, it missed the chance to unsettle City’s confidence.

Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa, April 14:
Despite dominating the first half, Arsenal faltered against Aston Villa, unable to capitalize on their chances. Tactical changes from Villa and missed opportunities led to a devastating defeat, marking a significant setback in their title pursuit.

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