Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle was “the story of our season” after the Gunners crashed to a fifth consecutive away defeat in the Premier League.
Wenger’s side took an early lead through Alexandre Lacazette, but Ayoze Perez equalised before Matt Ritchie bagged the second half winner at St James’ Park on Sunday.
Newcastle’s fourth successive win ended Arsenal’s unbeaten run of seven games in all competitions.
“It’s been the story of our season, 70 percent possession, 1-0, lots of chances and then you wonder how you lose the game,” Wenger said.
“We didn’t put our chances to bed and made unbelievable mistakes. These players are quality and we need to forget about today and focus on next game”
Asked about Arsenal’s wretched away form, Wenger said: “It’s a lot about the head and sometimes there is no rationality in it. It doesn’t make sense.
“We have to be realistic. We came out of it with no points and overall we thought we should have got three points.”
The sixth-placed Gunners are 13 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with only five games remaining in the race to qualify for the Champions League.
Realistically, Arsenal already had no chance of making the top four and Wenger had been prioritising their Europa League campaign for several weeks.
Arsenal saw off CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday.
They face Atletico Madrid in the last four and…