Arsenal player ratings vs Nottingham Forest: Mikel Arteta gets it horribly wrong as shambolic Gunners go out with a whimper
Arsenal's title challenge ended with a whimper as they slumped to a horrible 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening. It was a third defeat in five games for the Gunners, and one that saw Manchester City crowned Premier League champions for a fifth time in six seasons.
Mikel Arteta's side knew they needed a win at the City Ground to at least put some pressure on City ahead of their game against Chelsea on Sunday, but from the moment they fell behind to a Taiwo Awoniyi goal on 19 minutes, they never really looked like coming back.
Arteta bizarrely opted to start with Thomas Partey and Jakub Kiwior as his full-backs, and it was a move that backfired massively, with his side offering no threat from the wide positions and Forest packing the central areas as they comfortably shut the visitors out despite Arsenal having more than 80 percent possession.
Arsenal barely had a sight of goal all evening, with Bukayo Saka's tame effort from a tight angle which was comfortably saved the closest they came all evening to an equaliser.
GOAL rates Arsenal's players from the City Ground...