Thursday night was amongst one of the more embarrassing in recent history for Arsenal Football Club.
That is even in a decade that has seen them frequently lose emphatically away to their rivals in the Premier League, get thumped by Europe’s elite in the Champions League and lose a League Cup final to Birmingham City.
The Gunners were beaten 1-0 by BATE Borisov on Thursday evening in Belarus, leaving them behind heading into next week’s second leg at the Emirates Stadium. Although it is likely that Unai Emery’s team will come back to progress, it is a position they would much rather not be in.
Arsenal face Southampton in the Premier League the Sunday after next Thursday’s second leg in a fixture they must win in order to keep the pressure on Manchester United, who have now stolen fourth place.
Finishing in the top four/winning the Europa League has to be the priority for Arsenal this summer, with Emery needing it for extra funds in the transfer market if nothing else. He was left handcuffed in January, only being able to sign loan players that prevented moves for Ivan Perisic and Yannick Carrasco.