Arsenal have been left reeling after last nights awful performance against a dominating AC Milan. The Gunners lost 4-0 at the San Siro stadium in what manager Arsene Wenger has branded their "worst ever performance in Europe".
The squad fell apart after Milan's Kevin-Prince Boateng scored an impressive and improbable goal in the 15th minute. Boateng capitalised on shoddy defending to launch the ball into the back of the net with alarming accuracy, with his opener then followed by two Robinho goals and a penalty from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
"We were punished and deservedly so", said Wenger. "I felt we were never in the game, we were very poor offensively and defensively. It was shocking to see how we were beaten everywhere.
"There was not one moment in the 90 minutes where we were really in the game. What made it worse was that we had to chase the game. It was always the same problem, balls over the top and we were well beaten. It is difficult to analyse.
Wenger also made it clear that he did not believe that it was his lacklustre managerial skills ahead of the game alone that caused the defeat, saying: "I cannot say that I got everything perfect when we lost 4-0. I don't believe we made big tactical mistakes. We did not have any other choices. I felt we were weak in some departments. I felt we could have some problems in some departments but I didn't think we would not score."
Wenger also dismissed their slim chance of making it to the last eight of the Champions League, saying: "We do not live in a dream world and we have to be realistic. There may be a statistical chance of two per cent we can still go through but realistically we are out of this competition."
The manager also refused to blame the poor quality of the pitch, saying: "It would not be fair to blame the pitch. Even if the pitch [was] a disaster, our performance was at the level of the pitch. It was a shocking result and a shocking performance."
The loss raised comments from Arsenal players past, with former club captain Patrick Viera tweeting that "there was a lack of leadership" and former defender Nigel Winterburn stating that "the experienced players didn't turn up for the manager and seriously let him down.
"The players should be disgusted with themselves", he continued, "confidence has been shot to pieces."
Arsenal are now faced with Sunderland this Saturday in the fifth round of the FA Cup, but with this loss still looming over their heads it is questionable whether the team will have the confidence to bounce back. As Thierry Henry jets back to the New York Red Bulls, fans are left to question – what is the future of Arsenal?