There comes a time when there is simply too many excuses being made to justify the dismal performances that Arsenal have been producing for some time now.
Players being injured, VAR, Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis, new players needing time to integrate, changing the culture, the Kroenke family, Shkodran Mustafi, Larry the cat and Winnie the Pooh, pick one, any one will do as an excuse.
OK, Larry the cat and Winnie the Pooh is me being facetious but I think you get my point.
When you have so many excuses you have to ask yourself if the excuses are masking the real issue, that something is seriously wrong at Arsenal football club.
It is hard to claim that the squad is not good enough when it reaches a European final and finishes above Man Utd and yet the display against Watford is not a one off.
Other top teams have injuries or lose their best players and manage to cope but not Arsenal or so the excuses tell us.
The refs are against us is another good one and now that we have VAR it is the incorrect use of the new technology that is costing Arsenal valuable points.
The simple fact is that Watford played better than Arsenal and so did Leicester City, Wolves, Everton and Crystal Palace last season.
We cannot keep on looking for excuses to explain away yet another poor defeat, at some time we have to look at ourselves and ask the question, are we using whatever excuses we can come up with to mask the fact that, as things stand today, Arsenal is not as good as what we thought they were?