Braga 2 v Arsenal 0

Two late goals from Braga front man Matheus gave the Portugal side a shock win over Arsenal whose qualification for the knock out stages of the Champions League now comes down to a must win game against Partizan Belgrade at the Emirates on December 8th. The Gunners suffered the loss of captain Cesc Fabregas who has now aggravated his right hamstring, and will be out for Saturday’s trip to Villa Park as will Emmanuel Eboue who suffered a medial knee injury.

Scythed

This loss on top of the north London derby defeat has left the Arsenal side lacking obvious confidence, and on the pitch it is increasingly apparent that the side lacks any leadership. With the score 0-0 substitute Carlos Vela was denied an obvious penalty when scythed down by Alberto Rodriguez, and just as on the Emirates last Saturday Arsenal were caught on the counter attack and paid the price twice over as Matheus struck for Braga with the Gunners’ porous defence no where in sight.

Mouthing

This was another poor Arsenal performance who despite having over three quarters of the possession could not create anything of significance. He has been mouthing off for the lack of games recently, but just what Nicklas Bendtner was doing was unclear. The same could be said of Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere who had possibly his worse game for the Gunners.

Whatever the issues are in the Arsenal dressing room, Arsene Wenger needs to sort out the situation and quickly if the Gunners are to have any chance of success this season.