Fatigue appears to be affecting the Arsenal team as the players couldn't keep up a competitive tempo at a recent league match.
Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has explained why his side lost 2-1 to Newscastle United at St James Park on Sunday in the Premier League.
Wenger said the Gunners lacked the tempo to beat Newcastle on Sunday afternoon as a result of stress from their Europa League outings.
Wenger’s men played out a 2-2 draw with CSKA Moscow in mid-week to qualify for the semi-finals of the Europa League.
The Frenchman believes a return trip to Moscow cost them the defeat at St James’ Park.
Wenger told Sky Sports: “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.”