Arsenal succumbed to a disappointing 1-0 defeat away at Everton on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners had the chance to strengthen their hopes of finishing in the top four this season but spurned it, as the hosts eased their way to a comfortable victory.
Unai Emery was forced to contend with several injury problems at Goodison Park and could only watch on as his side were bombarded with Everton attacks.
The Toffees took an early lead and held on to it, as Phil Jagielka turned in the decisive goal after a long throw-in wreaked havoc among the Gunners’ back-line.
Numerous Arsenal players flattered to deceive against Everton, as a clean sheet on the road once again eluded them.
Here are four findings from the 1-0 loss.
Ozil continues to underwhelm
Mesut Ozil was handed the captain’s armband and couldn’t have led by a worse example. He was lethargic, ineffective and was rightly substituted off. What he offers to Arsenal consistently continues to come into question.
Gunners feel Xhaka's absence
Arsenal are missing Granit Xhaka. The midfield are not shifting play quickly enough, ambitious passes are not being played, and the Swiss international’s worth is being conveyed by his absence.
Wing-backs fail to adjust
Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne had the beating of Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles all afternoon. The Gunners duo failed to adapt to the intensity of the match and struggled to make a difference.
Arsenal had a golden opportunity to move into third place on the Premier League table, but they blew it. They simply must finish immaculately if they are to book their place in next season’s Champions League group stages.