Suffering two consecutive Premier League defeats that leave Arsenal trailing leaders Chelsea by nine points and now losing three of their last six matches in all competitions, Arsene Wenger faces a huge six weeks in the build-up to his second clash with Antonio Conte.
Since defeating Chelsea 3-0 at the end of September, Arsenal have conceded the advantage and Chelsea have won all eleven matches since to move top of the table and within touching distance of the Gunners own Premier League record for consecutive victories, which was set in the 2001/02 season.
Arsenal had gone 19 matches without defeat in all competitions before losing to Southampton in the League Cup, whilst their loss to Everton last week with the Gunners’ first since the opening day of the season.
A central reason to Arsenal’s downfall is the absence of Santi Cazorla from the midfield, with the Spaniard set to be out for a few more months- and the Gunners need to learn to cope without him.
Arsenal win percentage with Cazorla starting since Aug 2013 – 66%. Without Cazorla 44%
— Orbinho (@Orbinho) December 19, 2016
Winning just 44% of their matches without Cazorla since August 2013, things look bleak for Arsenal but the Gunners will be confident of putting a run together over their next six matches before clashing with Chelsea in February.