North London giants Arsenal have been poor on the defensive front this season especially in the Premier League and it’s not surprising that they equalled a 35-year-old club record.
The Gunners conceded their 50th league goal at the weekend during the disappointing 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion.
Arsenal have now conceded 50 league goals in consecutive seasons for the first time in 35 years (since the 1983/84).
Their quest for a top-four finish has been badly affected by the ongoing problems in defence as evident during the draw with the Seagulls.
Arsenal needed to win the game to close the gap on London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the race for Champions League football next season via a top-four finish at the end of the current Premier League season.
In the end, the Gunners were unable to beat Brighton thereby dropping out of contention for Champions League football via the league route.
Arsenal can still qualify for Europe’s premier club competition via the Europa League route.
The Gunners face Spanish La Liga giants Valencia in the second leg meeting on Thursday night.
Arsenal will take a 3-1 lead from the home leg to Spain with the hope getting the job done to book a spot in the Europa League final.
Winning the Europa League will guarantee the Gunners a Champions League spot next season.