Mikel Arteta has admitted he reflected on his position after missing out on the title last season.
The Arsenal boss saw his team fade towards the end of the campaign, and having led for so long, they were overtaken by Man City who won the league by 5 points.
Asked how that played out for him mentally, the 41 year old was honest enough to reveal he questioned himself, but ultimately came to the conclusion that was up for the fight again.
“The first few weeks, very tough,” he said.
“The first thing you have to do is look in the mirror and understand – is there something that you should have done better or differently? If that is the case then learn from it.
“And then judge yourself. Are you still the right person to drive the club, the team, forwards in the way that you want and do you have that energy and that belief that you want to do it?’.
“It took a big reflection, but the answer is yes and I feel with a lot of energy and positiveness.
“I don’t like losing, and it takes me a while, and that was a tough moment.”
While there has been a lot of focus on squad depth as a key difference between us and the title winners, Arteta made it clear he felt there were other factors involved too.
“Momentum”, he said. “I think in key moments when it should have gone one way – and in many ways in the season it went for us – it didn’t go for us.
“And it was 1-2-3, and we lost momentum. They took momentum, and that shifted very much.
“Squad depth was a factor, and it did play a part in certain moments, but I think we had games that we didn’t win, especially those three draws that we had. We should have won those games, we had enough to win them, and it was in our hands.
“There were key moments where we weren’t ruthless enough or clinical enough, or we didn’t have the luck, or we made mistakes, we have to recognise that as well.”
No doubt it’s something he’s made clear to his players ahead of the new Premier League season which begins next Saturday, and squad depth has certainly been addressed this summer.
Let’s see if there’s evidence of that in our performance.