Arsenal’s form in absolute tatters

Arsenal suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United in Thursday evening’s Premier League clash, leaving them 30 points adrift of City in the table and still 10 points off a top-four spot.

The Gunners’ form in 2018 has been woeful, enduring seven defeats and two draws from 13 games, and Arsene Wenger’s time looks up as manager. Arsenal have lost three games in a row in all competitions, two of them at the Emirates Stadium, while conceding eight goals for their troubles.

With the London outfit knocked out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest in the third round, losing in the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City and being 10 points off the Champions League places, all Arsenal have left is the Europa League.

And given they lost their last European encounter at home to Swedish side Oestersunds FK, few believe Arsenal can go all the way to European glory. They face AC Milan in the last-16. This season has been one of the club’s worst in recent years and there’s no excuse for it.

There’s a lot of attacking talent in the squad – Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – but the defence and midfield hasn’t been up to scratch despite all their collective experience.

Arsenal don’t look likely to finish in the top-four, meaning no Champions League football for a second consecutive season unless they win the Europa League. Wenger could be forced to stand down at the end of the campaign as a result.

Crippy can be found on Twitter (@CrippyCooke). He is a sports journalist who has written for the Independent, Bleacher Report, Huffington Post, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph among others. Crippy treats football gossip with a dash of cynicism and loves tearing apart outlandish rumours.

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