Arsenal saw their Champions League hopes suffer a major blow with a 1-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday
This was supposed to be the day when Arsenal showed they had the muscle to go the distance in the race for the top four.
Instead, they returned to London with question marks once again surrounding their ability to stay ahead of fellow Champions League-chasers Chelsea and Manchester United.
As good as they have been at the Emirates – where they have won 10 in a row in the Premier League – they have been abject away from the capital and that form continued at Goodison Park on Sunday as Everton took full advantage of Arsenal’s makeshift midfield.
Granit Xhaka has always been a player who has divided opinion in north London, but the Switzerland international has become an increasingly influential figure in Unai Emery’s debut season.