Our embarrassing loss to Belarusians BATE Borisov was most definitely the lowest point of Unai Emery’s tenure at Arsenal.
The champions of Belarus hadn’t played a competitive fixture for more than two months, and we had scored ten goals in just two games against them just last season.
So the loss hurt, but was it actually the lowest Emery has taken us?
If we look a little closer, the tawdry treatment of Mesut Ozil makes precious little sense.
Our star player is residing on the bench, when he is lucky. More often, we see nothing of him save his instagram activity. The German quite obviously doesn’t impress Emery and perhaps doesn’t fit into his system, but either way, we are getting no value from Ozil’s bumper wages.
Is it that Ozil doesn’t fit though? Or do our finances have something to do with the ostracisation of our playmaker?
The last window showed where our budgets lie, with times of austerity perhaps a sign of our future under the ownership of Stan Kroenke.
No money was made available to sign additions we sorely needed, our progress given little thought in the face of balancing the books. We brought in one loan player, and Emery may well be given instruction this summer to lighten the wage bill if he wants to bring in his own additions.
And what manager doesn’t want his own players to push forward their plans?
Emery is no different, and the bumper wagepacket Ozil is on could free up funds for two or three top grade players.
Players that also conform to his system.
So Ozil is being pushed out it appears, game by game.
It isn’t because his displays have been lacklustre. Both Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi have been given the opportunity to play their way back into form.
Mesut Ozil has not had that chance.
We have had games where creation has been low on the agenda, and an Ozil-sized intervention would have been welcome on the pitch.
The way this relationship is going, our playmaker will be with another club soon enough - but will this give Emery the squad he needs?
This season still has some mysteries to reveal, but Emery's treatment of Ozil seems to be quite clear.