Arsenal managed to avoid their annual November collapse but it seems their woes were only delayed until the final month of 2016, as two consecutive defeats in the past week have left the Gunners sitting nine points behind leaders Chelsea.
Before losing to Everton a week ago, Arsenal had remained unbeaten in the Premier League since the opening day of the season but the loss, followed by defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, has left the Gunners fine run standing for nothing.
The fact that Arsenal took the lead in both matches will only increase the annoyance for the Gunners and seeing their rivals boast a perfect record in the past week is a further sting in the tail of Arsene Wenger’s side.
Points won over the last two Premier League gameweeks:
Man City (6)
Man Utd (6)
Arsenal (0) pic.twitter.com/l4OOXTAuLa
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Close rivals Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham all won their two matches in the past seven days, whilst Arsenal come out empty-handed and have opened the door for the chasing pack.
Dropping from second to fourth, Arsenal are now just one-point above fifth-placed Tottenham and only four ahead of Manchester United.