I wrote a few days ago about how games away to Manchester United and Everton will really show where Arsenal are this season.
Double victories would have had us as top 4 contenders and probably favourites to take that 4th place. A draw and a win would have led to a similar mind set.
The worst case scenario would be a double defeat.
Losing both games would show that we are not really top 4 contenders.
Prior to the double header, we were a team that were beating those teams in a relegation battle, losing to those in the top 3 and mixed results against those looking to finish top half of the table (victories against Leicester City and Tottenham offset with draws to Brighton and Crystal Palace).
We ended up with the worst case scenario – losing both games.
The double defeat leaves us in 7th, 4 points off West Ham in 4th and – perhaps more concerning – 2 points below Tottenham who have a game in hand. We are also back below Manchester United.
Since getting rid of Ole, Manchester United have won 2 and drawn 1 of their 3 Premier League games. A little run that included facing Arsenal and Chelsea.
Tottenham are also unbeaten in the 4 Premier League games since Antonio Conte took over – 3 wins and a draw.
Tottenham and Manchester United twisted, Arsenal stuck.
The turn around in form of the two sides that sacked their managers will heap further pressure from the fans onto Arsenal and Mikel Arteta.
If we finish below Tottenham and Manchester United – having been above both when they sacked their managers – the placings can be directly linked to the managers.
It will be impossibile to justify keeping Arteta when others have shown the improvement after sacking the manager.
Arteta will not be sacked tomorrow. He will get the rest of the season. One issue Arsenal face is potential replacements have been snapped up by others.
It is not yet time to hit the panic button. But if we end up below Tottenham and Manchester United then that should be it for Arteta.
Up next we have home games agaisnt Southampton and West Ham. 6 points from 6 are non-negoatiable. Failure will see the atmosphere at the Emirates quickly change.
I am usually a positive fella. But with the drab football, poor performances and poor results, it is hard to be positive right now.