Wenger vows to fight on
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that a place in the top four in the Premier League is almost impossible after their latest defeat.
A 2-1 loss away at Brighton left the Gunners in a desperate run of form. They have now lost eight games this year alone and are on a four-game losing streak in all competitions.
It is very difficult, nearly impossible now, we are too far behind.Arsene Wenger
Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray gave the home side a two-goal lead at the Amex Stadium.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reduced the deficit before half-time, but, despite Arsenal dominating the second period, pushing the Seagulls ever further back into defence, they couldn't find their way back into a game they had to win to keep alive hopes of a top four place.
With nine league game remaining they stay sixth in the Premier League table, 13 points behind Tottenham who are fourth.
After the game Wenger admitted that playing Champions League football again next season is likely to depend on whether they can win the Europa League but said he had the experience and desire to turn their fortunes around.
He told the BBC: "It is very difficult, nearly impossible now, we are too far behind. We need two teams to collapse not one. But at the moment we have different worries in how to comeback to winning a game."
On the match itself, the Arsenal boss was critical of his side and said it was a difficult period for the club.
"We were passive, struggling for confidence and heavy legged but responded well in the second-half," he added.
"We have to stick together and focus. We have no other solution."
The Gunners are back in action in midweek when they travel to Italy to take on AC Milan in the Europa League round of 16.
Arsenal are 12121/1 to win the competition and secure a place in the Champions League.
They are then back in Premier League action at home to Watford next Sunday and are 1/2 for the win, the Hornets are 6/1 with the draw priced at 18/5.
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