Aside from their Europa League charge, Arsenal have had a dismal season as their race for the top four looks all but over.
On Sunday, Arsene Wenger and his team were dealt a blow when they were beaten 2-1 by Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
Alexandre Lacazette had put the Gunners ahead inside the opening quarter of an hour, but Rafael Benitez’s side performed a comeback thanks to goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie.
The result means that Arsenal remain 13 points adrift of the Champions League spots with five games left to play.
Hopes of qualifying for next season’s elite competition are likely to hinge on whether they can go all the way in the Europa League.
While their form in Europe may be positive given that they have reached the semi-finals of the second-tiered competition, the struggle continues domestically.
In fact, Arsenal are the only club in England’s top four divisions that have not picked up a single point away from home in 2018.
After the match, while speaking to reporters Wenger admitted that he has not got the balance in the team right, and the fans were quick to criticise.
Whoopee! It’s only taken him 20 years to work that out!🙄…
— Gazwthegooner (@Gazwthegooner) April 15, 2018
15 years ! Welcome to the party .
— Tim Hardwicke (@Arselona) April 15, 2018
Excuses, Excuses!!! Our defense again let us down! Oh its only been going on for 11 years and counting. It's only getting absolutely disgraceful now the last 3 years.
— Abdul-Karim Barrie (@akbarrie00) April 15, 2018
I can also be realistic & tell you we have a fraud being paid £10m a year & it hasn't been working for a very long time.
— Doublegooner (@Doublegooner) April 15, 2018
— Mkhi's tears (@afcapathy) April 15, 2018
How long has it taken him to work that out? Good grief the penny’s finally dropped
— Simon Burgess (@captain_pi) April 15, 2018
Only beaten 1 team in top 10 away from home which was in the last minute and he doesnt understand the teams problems
— London Tal (@londonart2) April 15, 2018
£10m a year and he has only just worked out that we can't defend away from home. Shocking
— Ian Funnell (@gobofunnell) April 15, 2018
How many years has it taken him?
— Darran Jones (@darranjones1980) April 15, 2018