A video clip has emerged from fuming Arsenal fans that sums up their toothless team as they suffered a 1-0 setback against Sheffield United on Monday night.
Despite fielding seven goal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and £72million Nicolas Pepe – the Gunners were impotent in attack and painfully slow in moving the ball through the thirds.
And the clip that has caused Arsenal hysteria online illustrates just how poor Unai Emery’s side were at playing out from the back.
The sequence begins from a throw-in in the right-back position and follows their meek attempts at playing through the lines.
But they simply can’t, with David Luiz, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi all failing to find a pass to one of Arsenal’s creative players.
The clip was taken from the 57th minute, with Arsenal having been trailing since Lys Mousset’s 30th minute opener.
Gunners fans have bemoaned the lack of starting places for midfielders Lucas Torreira and Dani Ceballos – with former key creator Mesut Ozil again having been left out of the matchday 18.
One fan on Reddit sarcastically said: “Who knew having no midfield whatsoever would result in being shut down in our own box”.
While another moaned: “It’s always , always, always, pass the ball once, twice or fifteen times around the back then fire a no-hope ball up the sideline. Unwatchable stuff.”
To which another questioned: “What does unai actually want? It’d be so fantastic to actually show him this clip and ask what he expects from them versus what they are giving him.”
The clip had some fans longing for the glory days under Arsene Wenger.
“Pep watches this in tears of laughter. Arsene watches this in tears.”
“From Wengerball to this s***.”
Struggling away from home, however, was a hallmark of the later Wenger era – and something that Emery was supposed to fix.
But since the jittery 1-0 win opening day win at Newcastle, Arsenal have failed to win any of their four away league games since.
Arsenal struggled to break down their stubborn hosts – with their best chance having been fluffed by record signing Pepe in the first half.
Emery fumed after the game: “The chance for us, for Pepe, was the key.
“Because if they score the first goal, defensively they are a very strong team.
“Pepe is improving but the next step for him is to score.
“Usually he is going to score chances like that – but tonight he didn’t take his chance.”
The result saw the Gunners fall to fifth in the table – having now won fewer than half of their opening nine games.
They next face Vitoria in the Europa League before hosting Crystal Palace in the Premier League – a key fixture that they lost in last season’s run in.
And the Eagles sit just one point behind Emery’s side going into Sunday’s clash.