These are testing times for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger in particular.
Last Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Stoke City – whilst painfully predictable – seems to have cranked up the pressure on the Arsenal boss from supporters who are angry the team has not been able to launch a sustained title challenge.
Having spent big on the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers in the summer, the question remains as to why Wenger didn’t bring in a new replacement for Thomas Vermaelen and a new holding midfielder – something that has proved costly during the opening months of the season.
Whilst progression in the Champions League was confirmed in style with a 1-4 win over Galatasaray in midweek, the Gunners head into this Premier League weekend under more pressure than most.
A large section of the Arsenal supporters appear to have turned on the manager now and only positive results will appease those angry fans.
But the worry for Gunners supporters is that things could get even worse before they get better. Here we have identified five ‘worst case scenarios’ for Arsenal over the coming weeks.