It’s nearly 40 years since Arsenal amassed so few points after 10 games of a league season and it’s clear to everyone that there’s a lot wrong at the moment.
Struggling to create chances and now leaking goals at the back, Joe Willock admits the Gunners aren’t clicking at the moment.
“It was very disappointing,” he added. “You never want to lose at the Emirates or in any game but I feel like in the first half it wasn’t good enough.
“We’re not playing well enough as a team at the moment and we need to stick together and bounce back from this very quickly.
“I don’t think it’s clicking enough and there’s not enough fluidity in the team.
“We need to sort this out as quickly as possible to fight for the position we want to fight for.”
Willock isn’t wrong about needing to find a fix as soon as possible. Arsenal are currently languishing in 14th place in the table and know further defeats before Christmas will pretty much kill off any lingering ambitions of finishing in the top four.
Given this season was supposed to be all about closing the gap on the sides who finished above us last time out, it’s a dispiriting state of affairs.
Mikel Arteta is under no illusions about the situation. “It’s very worrying,” he told his post-game press conference. “As you can imagine, you expect other things to happen.
“We’ve lost games in many different ways but in the end, we’ve lost them and that is our reality.
“After a few more games the table will tell you where you are and how much you deserve and clearly, we have to improve. It’s nowhere near good enough for this football club and we have to change things dramatically.”
The Gunners head to Sp*rs on Sunday. A win against a Mourinho side who are flying high would be just the confidence boost we need ahead of eight more fixtures in December. Another defeat and the Spaniard may find that he’s faced with fans losing patience when the Emirates welcomes them back.