Arsenal went down 3-2 to Stoke City on Saturday and with the Gunners 3-0 down at one point it looked like being a complete humiliation.
Goals from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey restored some pride but Arsenal could not claw back the deficit inflicted by Peter Courch, Bojan Krkic and Jon Walters.
The damage was done in the first half with Arsenal's defence coming under the spotlight once again, and with Laurent Koscielny only on the bench it was Per Mertesacker and Calum Chambers who were the victims of Mark Hughes' men.
Mertesacker had a passing accuracy of 81 per cent but he failed to impose himself on the match, winning just five duels and only three aerial battles against a side who relish that kind of challenge.
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With Koscielny absent it was up to the German international to lead the back-line but that did not happen, and when Chambers was sent off the capitulation was complete.
After the match we took to Twitter to see what Arsenal fans thought of Mertesacker's performance and below you can read a selection of what we found:
Have always maintained that the biggest problem Arsenal has is Mertesacker... Lack of a midfield anchor contributes to their poor outing— Gung Ho (@lexisrenis) December 6, 2014
Mertesacker without Koscielny is a poor man's Squillaci— Gnabrustler (@Gnabregas) December 6, 2014
Mertesacker has been quite poor since the world cup— Callan (@CallanDray) December 6, 2014
Bit harsh on Bellerín. Mertesacker's been twice as awful.— No CLlew (@NoCLlew) December 6, 2014
Most disappointing player is definitely Mertesacker who's wearing the armband too. Awful attitude, mistakes & no leadership— . (@xjaeee) December 6, 2014
Mertesacker shouldn't be playing for us.. What a rubbish player— Gooner DNA (@itz_whaley) December 6, 2014
More pathetic defending. Gibbs awful and Mertesacker positioning woeful. Same old Arsenal are back— Ed Wilson (@ed_wilson87) December 6, 2014