Arsenal 2-1 Everton - 3 talking points as Gunners fall agonizingly short in title race

Arsenal secured a 2-1 win over Everton, but it wasn't enough with Manchester City defeating West Ham 3-1 to claim their fourth consecutive league title.
Arsenal FC v Everton FC - Premier League
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Arsenal defeated Everton 2-1 on the final matchday of the Premier League, but it wasn't enough to claim the title, with Manchester City winning 3-1 against West Ham.

It was always going to be a tall order for Arsenal to claim the league title, but Mikel Arteta's side did what they needed to do and claimed a 2-1 come-from-behind win against Everton.

While City's 3-1 win rendered the Gunners' victory moot, the home side still finished off the season in style.

After going behind to a deflected Idrissa Gueye free kick after 40 minutes, the Gunners clicked into gear and just three minutes later, Takehiro Tomiyasu leveled matters with a neatly taken finish.

The second half saw Arsenal do its best to break down a stubborn Everton defense as news filtered through that West Ham had halved their 2-0 deficit.

But it took until the 89th minute for Kai Havertz to give the Gunners the lead, and one they would hold on to, and they finished the season with yet another win.

The game provided plenty of talking points; here they are.

So close, yet so far

The Emirates was buzzing for what could potentially happen on the final day, but after City scored after just two minutes, the mood was seriously dampened. Then City doubled their lead just 16 minutes later and the performance on the pitch reflected the mood.

While Arsenal wasn't at it's best, it managed to do what it had done all season and dug deep to grind out a win.

The Gunners missed out on the title by two points as Arteta's side did its best to keep pace with the City juggernaut. So close, yet so far, indeed.

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