Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta has defended his team’s unexpected challenge for the Premier League title, despite their recent collapse that allowed Manchester City to take the lead. City will become champions if Arsenal lose to Nottingham Forest on Saturday or if City beat Chelsea on Sunday. This is a blow to Arteta, whose team led the title race for much of the season, but has since been criticized for their failure to hold off City. However, Arteta claims that Arsenal has surpassed expectations by pushing treble-chasers City so hard and has aimed a thinly-veiled dig at their critics. He believes that with two games left, Arsenal still has a chance to become champions against “probably the best team in Premier League history.” While improvements need to be made to his young team before they can expect to compete in the Champions League next season, Arteta remains optimistic about the future. Discussions about the future of Granit Xhaka will wait until the end of the season. Meanwhile, Arsenal’s Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Martinelli will not feature again this season due to injuries.