Arsenal suffered their second Premier League defeat in a row at Manchester City on Sunday, going down 2-1 to Pep Guardiola’s side despite taking an early lead.
Theo Walcott opened the scoring for the Gunners but City came back to take all three points through goals from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling.
The defeat follows on from the midweek defeat to Everton, a match which Arsenal again went ahead only to put in a dire second-half performance and slip to defeat.
Both defeats have been hugely disappointing and have left the Gunners down in fourth place in the table, now nine points behind leaders Chelsea.
While fans have been quick to dish out the blame, one statistic from both games has been particularly revealing and reflects pretty badly on Granit Xhaka and Francis Coquelin.
The midfield duo have started both defeats but according to Squawka have managed to win just three tackles (out of 23) between them in both games.
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In fact the stats claim the duo won just a solitary tackle (out of eight) against Manchester City and just two (out of 15) against Everton.
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Arsenal certainly struggled to cope with Everton’s physical approach and their defensive fragility was on show again at the Etihad.
The absence of Shkodran Mustafi is being keenly felt but midfield seems to be a real problem with Santi Cazorla’s absence huge and Wenger set to be further depleted in the New Year with the departure of Mohamed Elneny for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Xhaka and Coquelin were by no means the only culprits in both defeats but Wenger will certainly have plenty of thinking to do over Christmas before West Brom visit on Boxing Day.