Arsene Wenger has revealed the two games that killed Arsenal's title chances after they finished second to Leicester City in the 2015/16 Premier League campaign. The Gunners were favourites to lift the trophy for the first time in over a decade, but fell by the wayside in the second-half of the campaign following a poor run of form.
The north London club did salvage some pride by securing the second place after falling in danger of missing out on fourth place after a poor run of form in the months of February and March. There was some jubilation at the end of the season after they beat perennial rivals Tottenham Hotspur to the second place after they looked favourites to finish above Arsenal for the first time in 20 years.
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The French coach, however, has made it clear that the team are 'very disappointed' with the second place after it looked like their Premier League title drought would come to an end this season. Wenger has pinpointed the back-to-back losses to Manchester United at Old Trafford and the shock loss to Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium as the two games that killed Arsenal's hopes of fighting for the title. Both the losses came in the week following the Gunners' loss against Barcelona in the Champions League.
"We are disappointed from not having won the Premier League so anything else you can never say you will jump over the roof or something like that," Wenger said, as quoted by the Mirror.
"But being professional is also to prepare the future of the team and to take care that the team plays at the top. It's an achievement even if it's not what we wanted.
"We are very disappointed because we felt for a long time that we could win the league but we also knew we had very difficult away games and they would be the real test for us.
"At the real important moment of the season we lost at (Manchester) United and at home to Swansea. That was the killer for us. What hurts most is not to be first."