News flash: Arsenal won’t be winning the title this season.
That has been painstakingly obvious since practically the opening day of the campaign, but it became a reality yesterday.
Their 2-1 defeat to Brighton – their fourth in a row in all competitions – means they now mathematically can’t catch leaders Man City with nine games remaining.
Arsenal are now 30 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side and even if they won each of the remaining games and City lose theirs – there are only 27 points up for grabs.
It is the earliest an Arsenal side have been mathematically eliminated from the title race in the history of playing in a 38-game season and under Arsene Wenger.
During the 1994-95 campaign under Stewart Houston it was impossible to become champions with 10 games remaining – but that was after 32 games of a 42-match season.
Wenger’s side would have needed a miracle comeback in the final stage of the season after falling apart at the seams.
Their woes continued as they recorded their 10th loss on Sunday and as the final whistle blew it was confirmed the Gunners would have to wait another season to claim their fourth title.
The clash with Brighton was a redemption game for an Arsenal side looking to bounce back from three consecutive losses coming against Ostersund and a double against Man City.
But two first half goals were too much for the Gunners to overcome and they recorded their fourth loss in a row in all competitions for the first time in 16 years.
The last time they endured such a slump was October 2002 with a pair of league losses came with a pair of Champions League losses.
Arsenal's record-breaking bad season
- Arsenal eliminated from the title race at earliest point of the season in their history of 38-game campaign
- First time since 2002 Arsenal have lost four consecutive games in all competitions
- For the first time since 1925 Arsenal have lost four away league games at the start of a calander year
- Arsenal have recorded their worst away record in the top-flight since 1989-90 taking 13 points in 15 league games
But the Gunners managed to turn that season around finishing second in the league – but frustrations are mounting as time runs out on this season.
The arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January haven’t provided Wenger the revival he was hoping and confidence of resurrecting the campaign has evaporated.
Wenger has already lost the support of the board and is facing calls to quit at the end of the season as fans from across the globe support a Wenger Out movement.
For the first time in 22 years the Gunners could see a new man in charge in the dugout as the French-boss is on course for his worse ever season.
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