Just like last season, Arsenal have not started our Premier League campaign very well and are in danger of being cut too far adrift of the pace setters. And if we do not really get into top gear until around halfway through the season, again like last year, it will leave us too much to do.
One of the few very positive things for Arsenal in the first half of last season was our new signing Alexis Sanchez, as the Chilean kept us going almost on his own and won us games and points that we certainly would not have had without him.
That is why I am really starting to worry for the Gunners, because Alexis is not the same player and his goal drought is becoming a grave concern. His last Gunners goal was in the FA cup final and although he scored for Chile during the recent international break, his sharpness in front of goal has not been there for his club.
That was starkly highlighted in the game at Chelsea because he had a great chance to equalise and we might even have escaped the nightmare day with a point. You feel that he would have finished it last season, so what is holding him back this time.
Is it a similar sort of tournament hangover as we saw from Ozil and Mertesacker? Is it simply that he needs to get off the mark to settle him down and start the goals flowing? Whatever the issue is, and there certainly is one, we need it to be sorted out pretty damn quick.