Arsenal laboured to a 2-0 defeat at home to fellow Premier League outfit Southampton in the quarter-finals of the League Cup on Wednesday.
Goals from Jordy Clasie and Ryan Bertrand deservedly saw Claude Puel’s side into the last four, and ended the Gunners’ 20-match unbeaten run in all competitions, which did date back to their 4-3 defeat against Liverpool on the opening weekend of the season.
It means that manager Arsene Wenger’s wait for a League Cup triumph goes on, as the 67-year-old has yet to win the competition since taking over in North London back in 1996.
However, it wasn’t just the result which displeased Arsenal fans, it was also the abject performance Wenger’s side produced which angered many.
The Gunners boss made ten changes to the side that beat Bournemouth 3-1 on Sunday, with only Mohamed Elneny keeping his place, but several of them did their chances of starting against West Ham on Saturday no favours at the Emirates on Wednesday night.
And, with an important game against Slaven Bilic’s side coming up at the weekend, Wenger will hope that a return to league action, where they have won eight of their last 12 games, will help forget Wednesday’s display against the Saints.