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Arsenal fans fearing the worst ahead of Atletico Madrid tie after St James Park collapse

Arsenal fans are fearing the worst for their side when they take on Atletico Madrid in the Europa League next week. 

The Gunners succumbed to yet another Premier League defeat at Newcastle on Sunday.

Goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie to cancel out Alexandre Lacazette’s opener secured a 2-1 victory for the hosts and sank Arsene Wenger’s men to their 11th top flight of the season.

The loss means Arsenal remain in sixth place, however now adrift of the top four by 13 points and only two points ahead of seventh placed Burnley.

With only five games to play, Wenger’s men are now in serious danger of missing out on European football entirely next season.

As it stands, the Gunners will qualify for the Europa League’s third qualifying round, however it is by no means impossible that Burnley – who have won their last five Premier League games – can leapfrog them before the season closes.

The pair face off on May 6th in what could prove to be the determining fixture as to who secures the final spot for European football next season.

Of course, the above notion becomes irrelevant should Arsenal win the Europa League this term.

The Gunners face Atletico Madrid in the competition’s semi-finals later this month.

However given Saturday’s result (and performance), there aren’t many fans who think their side have much hope when they face Atleti’ next week …

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