Arsenal have found themselves in a fight just to remain in the top six.
The Gunners are two points ahead of Burnley with five to play and should they finish behind Lancashire club, they could potentially begin their 2018/19 season only 11 days after the World Cup final in Russia.
Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle means the pressure is now on Wenger’s side to rectify their form before they’re overtaken by Sean Dyche’s men.
As it stands, the Gunners will qualify for the Europa League group stages if Southampton do not win the FA Cup.
Man City did qualify for the group stages by conquering Arsenal in the EFL Cup final, but due to winning the league that place has been passed on to whoever finishes 6th in the Premier League.
Yet, if Arsenal were to drop below Burnley, they could be set for a place in the second-qualifying round of the competition which kicks off on 26th July 2018 – just 11 days after the World Cup culminates.
The two sides meet at the Emirates on 6th May for a match that could decide their Europa League fates.