Arsenal suffered their fourth Premier League defeat of the 2011/2012 season with a 2-1 loss to arch-rivals Tottenham in the North London derby at White Hart Lane. It ensured Arsene Wenger's men remain in 16th place with a mere two wins from the opening seven encounters, which includes an 8-2 humiliation by Manchester United.
It had been a tumultuous summer for the Gunners, losing key playmakers Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri to transfers whilst Wenger's squad has continually endured decimation through injury and suspension. However, the North London giants have remained competitive.
In all of their defeats, bar the 8-2 humiliation, Arsenal have controlled possession, created numerous chances and looked the better side but have endured defensive lapses which ultimately cost them. Performing with under-strength lineups yet narrowly lacking a clinical edge has been the key feature in the Gunners' inability to prosper.
However, despite the documented panic that has engulfed the Emirates, it is still early days in the English Premier League. There are 31 matches still to arise in the 2011/2012 season which amounts to 93 points, more than enough to secure the Premier League title.
Although Arsenal's title hopes appear futile, their chances of securing a UEFA Champions League place by finishing in the top four are still well within reach—particularly as a number of factors will return in Wenger's favour which will greatly strengthen the young squad and reignite Arsenal's burnt season.