Arsenal's indifferent start to the new Premier League season continued on Saturday with a 1-1 draw against Tottenham - their fourth draw of the season already. Their other two league games this season have been wins, but fans area already frustrated at how they can turn draws into wins - particularly having led against Leicester City and Manchester City.
Saturday's draw with Tottenham saw Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rescue a point for the Gunners after Nacer Chadli had given Spurs a second half lead, but the Belgian's opener was down to a mistake from Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini. The Frenchman came on in the first half after Mikel Arteta suffered a calf injury, and was caught dallying in possession just outside his own box, before being dispossessed by Christian Eriksen, who found Erik Lamela, with the Argentine slipping a perfect ball through for Chadli to open the scoring.
Arteta's injury means that Flamini is now likely to get even more playing time, unless Abou Diaby can prove that he isn't, in fact, made of glass in the coming weeks. Diaby has once again returned from injury, but we've been here before - and ultimately been disappointed when Diaby gets injured again.
The defensive midfield position continues to be an issue for Arsenal, and despite rumours of moves for Alex Song, Morgan Schneiderlin and William Carvalho, manager Arsene Wenger didn't address the problem this summer - and Arsenal hero Ray Parlour says the Gunners must splash the cash in January in order to bring in a holding midfielder.
"I would have said it's something that's desperately needed," said Parlour. "If you look at Arteta, he's having a lot more injuries now. Once you're over 32 it takes longer to recover.
"That position could be the difference. The problem is: Who is available? I think the club will buy players. If the right players are there, they will spend money. In the last four or five years they couldn't buy the players they wanted but the finances are there now," added the man affectionately known as 'The Romford Pele' by Gunners fans.