It’s back to the drawing board for Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.
Having gone into the November international break a couple of points off a Champions League spot, back-to-back defeats against Manchester United and Everton have left the side in seventh place.
Of course, it’s not all doom and gloom as the Gunners are still within touching distance of West Ham United and the picture can change very quickly.
But for Arsenal to get their season back on track, and for Arteta’s process to finally take off after almost two years in charge, they need to find some consistency – and fast.
Interestingly, this is exactly what all-time leading scorer Thierry Henry alluded to following the Gunners’ 2-1 north London derby win over Tottenham Hotspur last season.
The Frenchman noted a formation change that Arteta deployed against Spurs and was of the opinion that his former club were on the cusp of something special – but as long as they find some consistency in their results.
“Now, I think the team is lacking consistency and I know people always use the word ‘consistency’ but this is what they need to do,” Henry said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show.
“Right now, the squad is good. Can it be better? Yes. Was there progress? Yes, I think there was progress.
“But it is a process, that soon is going to explode, hopefully it will explode soon, but consistency is needed.”
To Arteta’s credit, there were signs of Arsenal finding some consistency – at least in terms of results rather than performances – following a dismal start to the season that left them bottom of the Premier League table after three games.
Prior to losing 4-0 at Liverpool last month, the Gunners had put together a 10-game unbeaten run across all competitions – albeit thanks to the fixture list being rather kind to them.
But if the last three away games are anything to go by, that mini-revival since August has been something of a false dawn.