Arsenal dropped to a new low this season as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at home to Schalke in the Champions League today.
The loss was their first at home to a non-English side since 2003 and its effect may be even more derailing, The Gunners have now surrendered top spot in Group B and after back to back defeats to Norwich and now the German side, this may just be the crisis that critics once hinted after the departures of Alex Song and most notably Robin van Persie.
Arsenal had shown the toothless side of their attack on Saturday where Norwich were barely threatened and today’s story wasn’t any different. Indeed, the Gunners failed to manage a decent shot on target all game and so when the ball broke to Huntelaar with about 14 minutes left – via an error at the heart of Arsenal’s defense – the Dutchman smashed it home ruthlessly, knowing that it could be the goal that sinks the home side into the horror that their performance had deserved.
And so it proved, as in the midst of a late and desperate fightback from Wenger’s men, the German side responded with a swift counter-attack and netted a second goal. That was that, and another flat Arsenal effort received its just reward.