Arsene Wenger is now facing one of the biggest weeks of his Arsenal career.
This defeat at Liverpool has got to be one of the lowest points, if not the lowest, of his 21-year association with the club.
From start to finish, Arsenal were truly diabolical. Shambolic, spineless and gutless are other words that could also be used to describe that display.
Had it not been for Petr Cech, Jurgen Klopp’s team could have finished the game with at least six or seven.
The image of Alexis Sanchez sat on the bench after his substitution summed it all up.
While he might not leave before the end of the month, he will certainly be on his way as fast as he can come the end of his contract. Wenger previously said he would need to sell players before bringing in any new additions to the club, yet this performance at Anfield could potentially see him dip into the transfer market.
If he doesn’t, this is going to be a long, hard season for everyone connected with Arsenal.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is one player that he needs to cash in on before Thursday’s deadline. However, on this performance, Arsenal will be lucky to get the reported £35million fee for him from either Chelsea or Liverpool.
Out-muscled by Alberto Moreno at the start of the game, things didn’t get any better for the England international.
As woeful as Oxlade-Chamberlain was, there were several more players who were as bad, if not worse, than him. Although the 24-year-old has indicated to Wenger that he sees his future away from north London, the Frenchman is still trying to convince him to sign a new deal with the club.
The best thing for Arsenal to do now is sell Oxlade-Chamberlain and use the money to strengthen elsewhere in the team.
The Gunners made Emre Can look world class.
Wenger has endured a number of tough days at Anfield over the years, yet this could be the worst. The manager didn’t exactly help his team either from the first whistle.
Given many questioned his starting XI at Stoke City last weekend, this one was just as baffling. Many thought the return of Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny would transform the team’s fortunes.
How wrong they were.
Arsenal couldn’t even muster a shot on target, while the team were lucky to depart Merseyside conceding only the four goals. It doesn’t matter what level of football you are playing at, you must start your strongest team in their correct positions.
Monreal isn’t a centre-back, nor is Bellerin a left-wing back. If Wenger isn’t happy with some players in certain positions, he must strengthen in the transfer window.
That’s the only way the club are going to climb the table over the next month or so. Continue like this and the Gunners will run the risk of missing out on the top six.
Three points from a possible nine against Leicester, Stoke and Liverpool just isn’t acceptable. This performance will be hard to eradicate from the memory for every Arsenal fan for some time.