Arsenal have endured their worst start to a season in over 35 years, and it is the first time Arsene Wenger has appeared lacking control over his squad since his tenure in North London commenced 15 years ago.
With four losses in the opening seven EPL encounters, it is hard to foresee just what that outcome will be for Arsenal in 2011-2012, but what is even more uncertain is how much longer Wenger's era will continue, particularly as his errors continue to emerge.
The Arsenal board has repeatedly stated during the Gunners' current demise that Arsene Wenger has their full backing, whilst the Frenchman is contracted to 2014.
Upon achieving his 15 years at Arsenal last month, Wenger stated his desire to potentially complete another fifteen seasons at the front of the Gunners' helm.
However, if problems persist and Wenger's young squad do in fact fail to secure a top four Premier League finish this season, the Arsenal board may finally lose patient in the Frenchman.
Furthermore, it has been six successive seasons in which Wenger has failed to achieve silverware, and, with his squad severely weakened from last season, it appears harder for the Gunners' to find success.
What is also a factor is that in the last seven seasons, there have been ongoing defensive problems, which, despite long calls for changes, Arsenal maintain their frail defence tactics.
Change is a superb way to find success but it is risky, especially considering Wenger is such a vital part at Arsenal.
However, his position would be desired worldwide and the board would have no such problems acquiring a quality servicemen. But would Arsenal really consider releasing such a man?
Nonetheless, BleacherReport establishes the best replacements for Arsene Wenger.