Arsene Wenger is currently enduring his worst run in the Premier League since taking over from the club in October 1996, and with protests rife, this is easily his most difficult period in charge of the Gunners.
Arsenal dropped more valuable points in the race for a Champions League place after losing 3-1 against West Bromwich Albion in the lunchtime kick off on Saturday afternoon, with pressure reaching new levels on the Gunners boss.
Having lost four of our last five Premier League ties, Arsenal are in their worst run of form since April 1995 (under Stewart Houston) – meaning Wenger’s worst run at the helm and it could get much worse before things improve in north London.
Arsenal have now lost to West Bromwich Albion, Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford in their last five Premier League matches, with the unconvincing 2-0 win at Hull City their only win sandwiched between the four losses.
The 10-2 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich represented an all new low. Of course there has been the rare silver lining after reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup by beating two non-league oppositions, however they now face Manchester City at Wembley.
They have a dress rehearsal for that tie coming up with Arsenal facing Pep Guardiola’s side at home in their next Premier League fixture after the international break – should they lose that they could find themselves out of the European places all together.
The Gunners have it all to do now. They sit in fifth and could be overtaken by Manchester United on Sunday who had spent months sitting in sixth, while Everton have leapfrogged Jose Mourinho’s side.
Another worrying stat just to add more doom and gloom – is Tony Pulis now leads Jose Mourinho in the head to head with Arsene Wenger for home games. The Welshman has won an average of 63% of his home games against the Gunners boss. That’s depressing.
Do you think Arsenal can turn it around against Manchester City after the break? Or are we looking at a Chelsea-esk capitulation like last season?