Micah Richards thinks this tactical mistake cost Arsenal the title

Former England defender, Micah Richards, has revealed what he thinks is the one mistake Mikel Arteta made that cost Arsenal the title this season.

The Gunners finished just two points behind champions Manchester City this time around.

Of their 38 league fixtures, Arteta’s men won 28, drew five and lost five.

However, Richards believes Arteta didn’t get his tactics right, when they hosted Aston Villa in April.

Arsenal lost the game 2-0 at the Emirates, with Leon Bailey and Ollie Watkins scoring.

Speaking on The Rest Is Football podcast, Richards said: “I just go back to that Villa game, Arsenal v Villa at home.

“Arteta chose to go with Havertz in the midfield area instead of the false nine which has worked so well for them. Could’ve gone with a Jorginho or Partey.

“Emery, on the day, tactically got it spot on. So, yeah, disappointed.”

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