Koscielny refused to give up on the idea of bridging the 13-point gap which now separates them from the top four in the Premier League, but also acknowledged that it would be hard to catch those above them in the table.
But they are already in search of managers who can establish the club as a European superpower in the future and the latest name doing the rounds is Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. I have had a look at Barcelona's home form, and other than a pre-season Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid, they have not lost a competitive game at home for SIXTEEN MONTHS and they haven't lost a home Champions League match for FIVE YEARS!
Just last week, Mkhitaryan said: "It is a pleasure to work with him".
The former Schalke star urged his side to do everything they can to secure themselves a Europa League title, with their passage to the Champions League through the Premier League looking increasingly doubtful.
Don't worry Arsenal fans if you've been thinking that things can't possibly get any worse, you're wrong. After a resilient display in the second half, Hughton's men held on for the win, which moved them seven points clear of the dreaded relegation zone.
"After that, mentally as well I believe that the lack of confidence, linked with the physical aspect, made us lose some balls where they took advantage of it".
How much longer Arsenal will rank among that exclusive cartel remains to be seen.
"We need two teams to collapse, not one".
Arsenal have lacked the fluidity and sharpness in their game for quite a time now and yesterday was nothing different from that. "I know it's not going to be easy, but we're trying, and doing our best".
And, although criticism for the 68-year-old is nothing new, the opprobrium has risen to unprecedented levels this term as Arsenal's decline has become ever more apparent.
"You could nearly sense. on Thursday night I was at the Man City game as well where the stadium was empty and you felt there was a change that needs to happen. something needs to happen because it can't go on much longer like this".
The French tactician has received plenty of criticism following the Gunners' lean patch in 2018, but he remains adamant that he is the right person for the job.