After Arsenal beat Manchester City at the Emirates stadium nearly a week ago, there was a whole lot of delight and optimism around but it is quite hard to remember that today after the Gunners were humbled away to struggling Southampton.
After the Man City match Arsene Wenger spoke about consistency and momentum among other things and he used the imagery of the railway to say that Arsenal were on the right train going in the right direction, having solved a lot of key issues like games against other big clubs and defensive solidity.
So it would be easy to continue that and say that the Arsenal train came off the rails in Southampton last night, but I do not think that would be fair or accurate. If we fail to beat Bournemouth on Monday and go on a bad run of results and performances then maybe we could say that but not after one setback.
That was our fourth Premier League defeat of the season and while that is too many, not one of them has sent us into a downward spiral. We won a tough away game at Crystal Palace after the shock opening day loss to West Ham. We responded to the defeat at Chelsea with an away win over the Spuds and the thrashing of Leicester and after losing to West Brom we hit Dinamo Zagreb for three.
Yes it was disappointing last night and we blew a great chance to go top but look what has happened to the likes of Man United and City after a bad game. Arsenal have proved that we are well capable of bouncing back from a setback so I reckon that the Arsenal train has been unexpectedly delayed, not derailed. What do you think?