Arsenal crashed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Watford last weekend as the momentum they had been building since the start of September vanished. Their loss was the culmination of profligacy up front and poor defending, with the Gunners unable to hold onto a one-goal lead.
The defeat has left Arsenal nine points short of Manchester City at the top of the table and they face a monumental challenge to try and cut that gap, with City looking a class apart in the current campaign.
The Gunners must first turn their attention to their Europa League clash with Red Star Belgrade this evening as they look to maintain their 100% record in the competition.
With Arsenal’s midfield-pairings questioned all too often this year, Arsene Wenger has a real job on his hands to find a partnership that can both attack and defend. He has been utilising Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka there most often, but the two have failed to inspire confidence as poor performances have cost their team points.
Their struggles have caused English-midfielder Jack Wilshere to be cited as a potential replacement, with the injury-prone star a combative player that is able to help out at the back, whilst also relishing the chance to pick the ball up and run with it or find an intelligent pass.
While Wilshere could have simply coasted on the calls to bring him back while his teammates are being criticised, he has instead jumped to their defence, saying: “As a player if your attitude is questioned, it’s horrible. I look around this team and you can’t question our character”.
“People try to put us down, they always have. I don’t think the comments were justified. When we look back at the game we look back at ourselves and what we did wrong. I don’t think we can look back and question our character”.
The fans will be desperate to see the Englishman return to the starting XI this evening, with Wilshere keen to arrest Arsenal’s recent slump.