That's not a trend. It's a series of blips.
The Jimmy G2 Column.
.Well that was disappointing . Actually it was awful, verging on the disgraceful. It was clear in the first few minutes who wanted this more and it wasn't us. Surprisingly only new boy Davison Sanchez stepped up.
With four players coming back from injury and Harry Kane still heavily strapped, Eriksen still on cloud nine after his hat-trick for Denmark and some marginal decision by ex Spurs fan Dean there are excuses if you want them.
My upset radar was alerted when I saw the midfield pairing of the two Moussas. Dembele has lost his mojo through persistent injuries and Sissoko never had one in the first place.
He was by no means the worst player on Saturday. But he plays like a driver-less snow-plough on a steep incline. But at least he put in some effort against Arsenal.
Perhaps injury was why Harry Winks didn't start but we missed his quickness of thought and range of passing from the start. Where we weren't poor we were ordinary and again Mauricio was slow to plug the holes in the sinking ship.
Arsene must be wondering why he hasn't started his potentially potent strike force more often: Sanchez (A) Lacazette and Ozil all turned up, tuned in and turned on. Harry Kane, Dele and Eriksen did not.
The Arsenal trio might not see out the season with Alexis Sanchez rumoured to be off to City and Ozil still not appreciated by the fans which might cause further disruption.
We were certainly contenders in my mind at the start of the season, Wembley notwithstanding. But after a few games it was clear that City the first of the big spenders were going to be hard to catch.
Now increasingly the second and third of the big spenders are looking more firmly entrenched. Fourth is shaping up to be a three way scrap. Not only did we lose the NLD but all our top six rivals won in style.
One point covers four clubs in 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th place and we are closer to Burnley in 7th. than we are to Chelsea the club immediately above us in 3rd after almost a third of the season
Man City..GD.. 33....Points..34....Unbeaten so far.
Man.Utd..GD... 21....Points..26....Patchy but with Pogba and Ibrahimovic back from injury.
Chelsea....GD...13....Points. 25....Won last four.
Spurs........GD.. 11....Points. 23....Wembley factor. 2 losses in last 5.
Liverpool.GD.. 11....Points. 22....Won last 3.
Arsenal....GD.... 6.....Points. 22....Patchy but they beat us.
Burnley....GD....3.....Points. 22.....Won last 3.
Then a four point gap to Watford.
The West Ham capitulation was a shock; the away losses to rivals Man.Utd and Arsenal a worrying trend. One bad day at the office can be written off but three and it's time to at least look up the auditors' number.
Now I have been described as a happy clapper, complacent, a loser, not able to see the wood for the trees, an ostrich, but the financial pressure to spend, to increase wages and to win trophies are forces many fans find it hard to ignore.
Not for me personally. I'm still clapping although not quite so happy as I was before.
With Danny Rose again on the naughty chair it makes me begin to idly speculate who will be next out of the door after him if we fail to make the Champions' League this season.
Will the promise of the new stadium and its increased income be enough to keep the likes of Dele and Eriksen and Pochettino on board as new offers begin to pile up. If the project stalls will they keep the faith.
At the moment we are building not just a stadium but a team under a top class manager committed to youth and our own. We must not let impatience and the pursuit of the False Trophy Gods interrupt our progress.
How many blips make a trend? At what point on a trend do we press the panic bottom? Clearly we are not there yet and tomorrow against Dortmund in the CL we can clear our heads, if we can be bothered having already qualified.
Next up in the Premiership on Saturday are West Brom. at home who have had so many bad days at the office lately that they have sacked Tony Pulis and hover just above the drop zone.
Ideal opponents to put us back on winning ways again you would have thought. But it's a funny old game as we know and we need to set about it in a more determined fashion than we did on Saturday.
But beware cornered rats and new manager bounces. I'm looking forward to looking back and laughing at this little November wobble.
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Just to take your mind off things here's us beating Dortmund a little earlier. We lived a little dangerously but definitely played. Good luck tomorrow and lets see some youth on the bench if not on the pitch.