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Arsenal lost five out of their first 12 games, in all competitions, between the start of the season on August 13th through their league tie with Tottenham on October 2nd.
Now, that doesn't sound too bad. Just a little slip up at the beginning of the season.
A failure to start on their feet, if you will.
But these losses were crucial to their season.
Being run over by a Liverpool side that didn't look all that sharp to begin with, the demolishing at Old Trafford, a 4-3 loss to a Blackburn side that was destined for relegation from early on in the season, and then a 2-1 loss in a hard fought match against Spurs.
A terrible run of league luck.
It wouldn't have been so bad if those losses hadn't been combined with a 2-1 slip up against Udinese and a draw against a strong Borussia Dortmund side in the Champions League group stage, as well as a draw against Newcastle at the very beginning of the season.
To add to this string of results, when Arsenal did win, it was not in dramatic fashion. Never by more than one goal.
These results could easily be pinned to key losses in the midfield of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, and the injured Jack Wilshere, as well as injuries to the defensive line at key times, most notably Thomas Vermaelen.
This run had left Arsenal all the way down in 17th position in the league table, at one point; a significant low for the managerial wizard, Arsene Wenger.