The Gunners continued more or less where they left off against Man City and ended up losing 3-2 against Chelsea.
It was away from home, but the Blues are not as formidable as they once was. Meanwhile, Arsenal have become more fragile and less industrious over recent years. Now New coach Unai Emery has to reverse the trend and stop the rot. The defeat against Chelsea is a timely reminder that this task will be odorous.
However, there were bright spots. Matteo Guendouzi continued to impress in midfield. Nacho Monreal was back. Henrikh Mikhitaryan scored an excellent goal, despite missing a relatively easy chance before that. Alex Iwobi scored the other and put in a decent shift on the left.
Aside from those performances, there was no much to enthuse about apart from two of the five captains (good name for a pub?) being withdrawn. It was particularly pleasing to see the back of Granit Xhaka at half-time. Maybe the coin has dropped and the boss has realised that the Switzerland international just hasn’t got what it takes.
In a sense, the same applies to Mesut Ozil, whose lack of industry is shocking at times. However, if Emery can get the former Germany international fit, Arsenal would have a player on their hands again instead of an over-paid, pampered passenger.
Given time, Emery may be able to teach the old dogs in defence what for them might be new tricks. Being protected by Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira should certainly help, as should the relatively easier fixture list in improving their confidence.
I expect Arsenal will now start accumulating points and begin looking up the table as opposed to the relegation zone.