That is three games in a row now that Arsenal should have won and didn’t. After getting out of jail in the last few minutes away to Anderlecht and then beating Burnley and Sunderland without conceding a goal, the Gunners seemed to be finally putting a run together, but that is long forgotten now and the run is of quite a different sort.
Unless we do something about it very quickly and up our game significantly, there is a good chance that Arsenal could be cut adrift from the teams chasing the top four Premier League spots. Liverpool and Tottenham are both yet to play and will go level on points with us if they win.
There is still plenty of time and plenty of points to play for, but we seem to be going backwards rather than improving, so we cannot afford to get many more results like the one against United. A trip to West Brom next weekend should offer a great chance for the Gunners to bounce back and get the season back on track, but in order to go into the game with some sort of confidence, it is hugely important that we get something out of our midweek game.
Borussia Dortmund will be the visitors to the Emirates, with the German’s needing one point from their last two games to top the group, while Arsenal know that a draw on Wednesday will see us through in second place. And that would give the club a boost and some breathing space for the last game away to Galatasaray.
But if we lose, which looks a very real possibility, it could leave us in danger of failing to reach the next round for the first time in over a decade. And it would leave us with very low morale to take to the Hawthorns, which is why the game in three days time is so vital and could destroy the whole season.