One dip in concentration can be forgiven and written off as a bad day at the office, but two in the space of six days suggests that something is seriously wrong.
For Arsenal, throwing away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Anderlecht in the Champions League led to ex-Gunner Paul Merson branding his former employers ‘tactically clueless’.
He had a point and a positive response was expected in Arsenal’s next Premier League outing away at Swansea City.
Surely the same thing would not be allowed to happen again, would it?
Unfortunately for Arsene Wenger, another lead was surrendered in South Wales and this time he was left with nothing to show for his efforts.
That is now five points dropped from leading positions in important domestic and European competitions and Arsenal – a club once famed for their ability to shut down opponents and grind out results – are shooting themselves in the foot on an alarmingly regular basis.
Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny concedes that Wenger’s men are not doing their job ‘properly’ at present with their inability to produce 90-minute performances costing them dear.
He said: "For the majority of the game [against Swansea] we looked solid at the back and we looked dangerous. We had a poor five-minute spell and at this level it costs you.
"It's something that we need to focus on because it's been two games where short spells lacking discipline and focus have cost us.
"You can't just hope that the next one will be different and we'll get a bit of luck. We need to focus for 90 minutes and do our jobs properly offensively and defensively. Then things will change."
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Unsurprisingly, on the back of two results which have drawn plenty of criticism, Wenger is once again being urged to splash the cash when the transfer window re-opens in January.
A world-class centre-half, someone who can take control and offer guidance to those around him, is considered to be a top priority, with injuries having also hit Arsenal hard.
Whether Wenger, a man who has loosened the purse strings slightly in recent years, chooses to listen to the advice from afar remains to be seen, but it is clear that ‘Le Professeur’ needs to do something if he is to get his Emirates Stadium laboratory back in order.