Unai Emery saw his side fail to win for the third successive game with our calamitous draw at Watford.
The 2-2 scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story, as the second half saw us quite literally gift the Hornets both their goals and left us fans with plenty of questions for the season.
Have we progressed? Will our blighted defence undo the great work our attack is capable of? Is our midfield out of balance?
These questions were prevalent last season too, and after another transfer window that allowed Emery to recruit what he needed, has the Spaniard got what it takes to lead us back to the Champions League?
His pedigree obviously speaks volumes, but the evidence speaks loudly and screams of errors that have yet to be weeded out. Our team has made more errors leading to goals than any other side. We have also conceded more penalties since last season than any other.
With so many faults, and Emery as we know being a huge fan of close scrutiny via video, does this mean that our coach is unable to weed out these mistakes? He obviously has seen and tried to amend these errors and yet we continue to make them – which doesn’t bode well for the future.
Then there is the team selection and substitutes.
Against Watford, the man who was best at converting pressure into attacking intent was Dani Ceballos, and he was taken off. Yet Ozil was playing his first game of the season and had ran out of steam and stayed on? Last season saw Emery make some very successful changes that earned a string of goals from subs, but this error cost us heavily, with our team in the second half penned in and unable to escape. Ceballos could have helped with that quite a bit.
What about the insistence on playing David Luiz in front of Calum Chambers?
Emery and his coaching staff have got to get things changed before we reach the point of no return.
What’s more, Emery has a lot of work to do.