By Avenell Dave
At 1-1 yesterday, dominating midfield and against a tiring T*tt*nh*m team, I really thought we were going to win and send out a message to all the doubters that arsenal are not yet finished.
As it happened, we shrunk back into our shells, Bacary Sagna was taken out in a way that we have players taken out that leaves them with serious injuries, and Szcz let a long range shot go past him that should never trouble him.
So yet again we find ourselves defeated - four games lost before we're really into October, and the prospect of us finishing in the top four, let alone winning the title, seems like nothing more than a pipe dream.
Where do we go from here?
We have a decent squad in my opinion, though not as strong as that in previous years, but they don't have time to gel and we're running out of chances to get the season kick-started.
The biggest worry is that when RvP doesn't perform, as was the case yesterday, we have no one else who can make a real attacking threat.
Gervinho is hot and cold, Theo Walcott tries hard but hasn't got the raw talent, Chamakh wasn't even in the squad, which says a lot about his status at the club, and Park is again too raw for us to know whether he will be any good.
We've been saying it for years - Arsene Wenger is in desperate need for a new striker and failing to sign one is a real concern.
We can lament the form of Aaron Ramsey but he is being asked to do a job most games where he should be eased into the team, even after two years.
The absence of Abou Diaby and Jack Wilshere is creating huge problems for the squad and senior men such as Thomas Vermaelen cannot come back soon enough.
The problems we have with injuries, the lack of time we have had to bed in younger players who may become great talents and the chaos of the summer which is clearly still having huge ramifications on the club's fortunes are things we simply cannot control.
With so many key players out of contract in 2013, I do hope lessons have been learned so we don't have the same drama again next summer.
We all know this is going to be a long hard season, but there is little we can do now apart from get behind the team and the manager and urge them to find the strength of character and determination to make sure we stop letting in silly goals and start making ourselves hard to beat.
That has to be the first step before we start yearning for silverware and playing the attacking flair football to which we have become accustomed in recent years.
Everyone can see how easily we get opened up, how often our players find themselves out of position or failing to track back or beaten to simple balls but weaker players who want it more. It HAS to stop.
Will we still finish in the top four and ahead of T*tt*nh*m?
We have to believe it, however bad things feel right now...
Finally, a bog shout out to Bacary Sagna. I may be the only one who thought the challenge on him was ruthlessly clinical and I wish him a speedy recovery.