Arsenal slumped to their ninth home defeat of the season against Everton on Friday night – and broke an unwanted 91-year record in the process.
The Gunners are enduring a miserable campaign in the Premier League, with Carlo Ancelotti’s men delivering their 13th loss thanks to a major blunder from goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
With 15 minutes remaining Richarlison advanced to the byline and fired a cross straight at Leno, who couldn’t prevent the ball from slipping through his hands and into the back net.
Mikel Arteta was left seething after the game, with his side denied what he felt was a perfectly legitimate penalty early in the second half.
Dani Ceballos went down under a challenge from Richarlison and the referee pointed to the spot, only for VAR to deem that Nicolas Pepe was offside in the build-up.
While Arteta blamed their latest shortcoming on that decision, however, the stats do not lie when it comes to his team’s alarming form at the Emirates this term.
Friday’s defeat by Everton means they have now lost nine of their 25 home fixtures in all competitions this term – meaning it already goes down as their worst home record since the 1929/30 season.
It is not the first unwanted record the Gunners have set in 2020/21, as they also produced their worst start to a league campaign since 1974/75.
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By managing just four wins and a draw in their opening 12 fixtures, Arsenal got off to their worst start for 46 years, with a run of four straight home defeats from October up until December derailing their season and leaving Arteta on the brink of losing his job.
That was also the first time the north London club lost four home games on the bounce since 1959.
They managed to turn their form around with a seven-game unbeaten run from the end of December through to February, but inconsistent form since then has left them languishing down in ninth place.
While a top-four spot is all but beyond them, Arteta’s men can still reach the Champions League next season by winning the Europa League.
They have a pivotal semi-final showdown with former manager Unai Emery’s Villarreal side in store, with the first leg to come next Thursday.
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