Arsenal were on Sunday, July 12, dealt a massive blow in their hopes of qualifying for European football following their 2-1 defeat to Tottenham during the London derby.
The Gunners took charge of the clash with a 15th minute opener scored by Alexander Lacazette before the hosts staged a sensational comeback to win at home.
Son Heung-Min restored parity for Spurs in the 19th minute, before Toby Alderweireld nodded home 10 minutes to time to help Jose Mourinho’s side earn a crucial win.
The result saw Arsenal drop to ninth on the league standings, five points adrift of the top six that would guarantee them European football.
Mikel Arteta has now come out to admit his side is facing an uphill task to make an appearance in Europe next season.
“Point-wise it is a massive blow because we know the results this weekend. But we will keep trying while we have hope: one way in the league, the other way in the FA Cup,” Arteta was quoted saying after the match.
He, however, called on his wards to step up in the three remaining matches to end the season to ensure the north London outfit wraps up the campaign on a high.
“There’s been a few things that have cost us games. Some errors, sometimes game management, sometimes a set piece, an individual error. But we are fighting and competing in every game,” he noted.