Another matchday, another loss.
The defeat to Man City was by the same scoreline as our loss to Leicester City, but the contrast in the two games was clear.
Against City, we tried to contain and then burst free on the counter. Unfortunately, we let City have too much of the ball and we had no one releasing the likes of Aubameyang early to take advantage of decent positions.
Against Liecester City though, we only had our attack to blame.
Three gilt-edged headers were missed in the first half and you can point to the disallowed goal plenty, but even if it was given, we would still have needed security. The aerial opportunities laid on by Kieran Tierney’s impeccable deliveries fell to both Lacazette and Aubameyang and all three would have been banged hime were either of them in form.
Lacazette made a decent start to the season but the last four or so games have been a completely different story. No touch, no threat, it is easy to see why Mikel Arteta is rotating him with Nketiah.
Then there is Aubameyang. His class is undeniable, but his form has deserted him. Such is his pedigree, even when not enjoying the best of runs he still pops up with a goal – he scored the winner against Rapid Wien midweek – but against Leicester City he was not really at the races.
Most will point to Arteta’s insistence on playing our best striker on the right and keeping the faith with the intermittent Lacazette or the unproven Nketiah.
And they may have a point.
If Aubameyang started up top, then Pepe – so often our brightest spark – could maintain his spot on the right and the effervescent Saka could play on the left. It creates supply and plenty of runs in behind too – something for Ceballos, Partey and Xhaka to exploit.
It is clear something must change. We might well be in a period of adaptation with Partey coming in fresh, but the level of patience from Gooners is a thin thing. After last season, optimism was high, but two underwhelming displays shows us how far we still have to go before we get to where we need to be.
Our defence is looking a lot stronger. Our midfield seems to be complete.
If we could just get our attack firing, then we would be a real force.
This might just need some swapping around, because at the moment our front three is not the best we can assemble.