Jamie Carragher feels Arsenal have gotten worse since last season, and that finishing in the top four is impossible for them.
The goal this season was to return to the Champions League, but that is looking less and less likely with every defeat.
The issue has been our an away form, which has seen us pick up just 26 points from our last 26 matches.
Such form is unacceptable for a club with Arsenal’s ambitions.
When Jamie Carragher calls it “an embarrassment”, it’s really hard to disagree.
“I’ve always questioned Arsenal’s mentality but you’ve always felt they were good enough,” he said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football (via the Telegraph).
“I still question their mentality but they aren’t good enough now. Arsenal are actually getting worse, they aren’t getting better.
“If you go back to Crystal Palace last season, I called them “cowards” and sometimes when you look back you can think it’s a bit strong. But those (away form) stats back me up.
“Twenty-six points from 26 away games is an embarrassment for a team that are supposedly one of the top teams in the country.”
Whatever people think is the problem for Arsenal, it’s very clear now that they simply aren’t good enough.
It’s a strong squad of players, but they’re incapable of producing whenever they travel away from home.
As a team, Arsenal are playing well below their potential.
Carragher went on to say that a top four finish would be impossible for Arsenal now, and that they have to focus on the Europa League.
“I think (top four) is virtually impossible for them. They are not catching Manchester United. It’s very difficult to catch Liverpool because of the points gap,” he said.
“Tottenham, who are seven points clear of them, are the best team in the league in the second half of the season and ultimately (Arsenal) aren’t good enough.
“They’ve got a points deficit and they are not as good as any of those sides. They have to prioritise the Europa League because they won’t be getting the top four.”
Arsenal have a genuine chance to win the Europa League but face stiff competition from the likes of Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Napoli.
They’re going to have a play much, much better than they are to beat them to the trophy.