Just when Arsenal fans thought things couldn't get any worse, along came Brighton. Arsene Wenger's men were humbled by The Seagulls down by the seaside and it was a pitiful performance. Wenger had plenty of excuses ready afterwards but surely his days are numbered at The Emirates.
Arsenal never looked like getting anything from this game, and some of their players seemed disinterested at times. Lewis Dunk's goal after just 7 minutes put Arsenal on the back foot immediately, and Glenn Murray's second 17 minutes later put the the hosts two in front. Aubameyang's goal just before half time gave Arsenal a glimmer of hope, but in truth the result was never in doubt.
Wenger: Tiredness To Blame
In his post match interview Arsene Wenger was quick to point the finger of blame at fatigue. He said: “I can understand the frustration. The League Cup situated in the middle of the season is always difficult when you don't win it. It brings a lot of negativity.”
“On top of that the game rearranged on Thursday night didn't help us to compete today. We had difficulty to get going. We suffered a lot physically. After that mentally as well. We made some defensive mistakes as well. We lack a bit sharpness and freshness physically to make a difference.”
Europa League The Last Hope
Things have gone from bad to worse for Wenger and Arsenal this season, and it looks an irreversible decline. A few seasons ago Arsenal fans were unhappy that their team were also rans in the Premier League title race. Now they have become also rans in the fight for the top 4.
It is understandable that the supporters are calling for change, and it looks like it will happen sooner rather than later. Arsene Wenger will be hoping he can go out on a high with a Europa League win. It would be a fitting end to the career of a manager who has been a revolutionary figure in English football.