Arsene Wenger says his side lacked the tempo to beat Newcastle on Sunday as a result being physically jaded by their Europa League excursions.
A 2-1 defeat at Newcastle saw the Gunners suffer their 11th defeat of the season. Arsenal surrendered a 1-0 advantage to goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie.
Arsenal played out a 2-2 draw with CSKA Moscow in mid-week to seal their place in the semi-finals of the Europa League.
And Wenger believes a return trip to Moscow cost them a result at St James’ Park.
As reported by Sky Sports, the boss said: “It is a little bit of the story of the season away from home: we went 1-0 up, we don’t put the game to bed and we made mistakes defensively,”
“But I felt overall today the fact we played on Thursday night, in the second half we couldn’t raise the tempo and keep it up in the first half.
“That is what happened many times this season, that’s all we can say today. It’s baffling how we lost this game today because from those chances we lose 2-1. On the other hand, the result is there.”
Arsenal have remained 6th in the Premier League, but are just two points ahead of high flying Burnley.