The defeat against Everton was a reminder to everyone – fans, players and management- just how far we are off from challenging for the title.
I was actually surprised that Arsenal fans were surprised by the performance, by the defeat. It merely showed why Arsenal are in the battle for 3rd and not the battle for top.
Before kick off we were 19 points off of Liverpool in top spot, and 17 points off of Manchester City in 2nd place. We have never been in the title race this season, and there is a reason for that.
Too many dropped points.
It sounds obvious, but that is the crux of it. This was the 13th game this season Arsenal had failed to win.
Liverpool have only failed to win 8 games and Manchester City just 6 games.
Arsenal are why they are because they have dropped points this season against the likes of Crystal Palace, Wolves, Southampton, Brighton, West Ham and Everton.
They are the type of games you need to be taking 3 points in if you wish to mount a title challenge.
It is not just Arsenal who have dropped too many points against sides outside of the top 6, but also those sides around us.
Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham have also dropped points in too many games against non-top 6 sides.
To state the obvious again, this is why they are fighting it out for 3rd, and not 1st.
The “dropped points against non-top 6” sides are in the same order as the teams placing in the Premier League table.
Liverpool leading the way and Chelsea bringing up the rear.
This is not ground breaking, revolutionary stuff. But it is a reminder to Arsenal fans that we are where we are for a reason. We are not good enough. And that with away games against Wolves, Watford, Leicester and Burnley to come, we will drop more points.
But Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham will also drop more points.
That is why I think 75 is the magic number to get op 4.
The defeat against Everton was a disappointing one, but it merely confirms why Arsenal are in 4th rather than 1st.
Unai Emery has improved us hugely this season from last season, but there is still a long way to go to make us title challengers again.