3 positives & negatives from Arsenal's 2-1 win at home to Everton

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Positive #2: A rallying call from Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta
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We have already covered how successful this season has been for Arsenal, despite the obvious lack of silverware, and Mikel Arteta's post-match comments echoed this sentiment.

Rather than dwell on the clear disappointment, Arteta focused on positivity and optimism, saying: “All this is happening because you started believing. You were patient. All the credit has to go to the players and the staff. They are unbelievable. But don’t be satisfied. We want much more than that – and we are gonna get it!”

It was a speech befitting of an excellent season, and of a manager who has restored so much hope and joy into the club after years of poor performances.

Negative #2: Missing out on the Premier League title

Martin Odegaard
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Perhaps it is the most obvious of the negatives, but, in case you were unaware, Arsenal missed out on the Premier League title.

The positives of the season are so strong that I did not want to immediately force this point as others might, but it is certainly difficult to ignore altogether.

Ultimately neither of today's results cost Arsenal the title. What did prove costly was our failure to beat Fulham twice, West Ham once and Aston Villa twice, among other results throughout the season.

Those are the margins in the Premier League and, as frustrating as it is in the immediate aftermath, it is why we can boast about having the highest-quality league in world football.

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