It has been pretty difficult to find any positives for Arsenal fans to hold onto after the abject weekend of Premier League games. The worst of it was the weak way the Gunners allowed an under strength and out of form Manchester United to dominate the clash at Old Trafford.
And that loss for Arsenal was compounded by the two teams already above us, Tottenham and Leicester City, winning their own matches late on. The only possible good thing to come out of the results this weekend, therefore, is that it leaves Arsenal with no more leeway and lets Arsene Wenger and the players know what is required if we are to sty in the race.
Starting with our away game at Swansea City on Wednesday and then the trip to White Hart Lane for a north London derby with the spuds on Saturday, Arsenal have to win our games. Draws are not enough anymore. We know how quickly things can turn around in this topsy-turvy season but for there to any chance of that happening again we need to keep the pressure on.
I can see Leicester dropping points from their next two matches, at home to West Brom and away to Watford, and if we beat the spuds then Arsenal will be back in business. But can you see us winning these two crucial games after that display at Old Trafford?