The Gunners were eliminated from the Capital One Cup by Chelsea on Tuesday night on home soil.
Goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata downed a makeshift home side; here are five things that were evident in the Arsenal defeat.
Jenkinson still raw
The right-back was obviously culpable for Chelsea’s opener, but his complete performance suggested that he has a fair amount of work to do to be in a position where he can be trusted week-in, week-out.
With questions over Bacary Sagna’s long-term future in north London, Jenkinson did little to suggest that he is the man to fill the berth.
Arsenal need to sign a striker in January
Nicklas Bendtner started the clash and although he got through a lot of work, lacked the movement and confidence to fashion any real chances at goal.
The Denmark international splits the opinion of Gunners fans, and it feels like a new start is needed for the misfiring forward.
With Giroud having to be brought on with Arsenal chasing the game, it is evident that Wenger needs to look for a new striker to play second fiddle to the France international come the new year.
Time for Miyaichi to go on loan
Once labelled Ryodinho after an exciting loan spell at Feyenoord, the Japanese attacker has found opportunities at Arsenal all-but non-existent.
The winger worked hard last night but needs regular first-team football to progress. With the Gunners out of this cup, the Asian star is likely to be a fringe figure once more.
A January loan move to a lower-reach Premier League club or abroad is in order.
Cazorla shows glimpses of genius
The Spaniard was Arsenal’s most-dangerous attacking threat, and is slowly but surely getting back to his best after niggling injuries.
All the talk has been about Mesut Ozil at the Emirates Stadium, but Cazorla has the ability to play a key role in Arsenal’s quest for honours.
Strength in depth
With both clubs fielding a host of periphery figures, the quality in the Chelsea line-up was evidently greater than that in Arsenal’s.
With the north London side fighting on a number of fronts, an extra player or two of quality would certainly help and take some of the pressure of the usual starting line-up.