For the second time this season Arsenal have been knocked out of the cup by a lower league team and we now need an unlikely win over Bayern Munich to be in with a chance of a trophy this season. It is only February and it is nowhere near good enough.
Some are blaming the manager's team selection for the loss against Blackburn, but there is no way the team that played against Blackburn should have lost that match. There's no excuse at all. It's just embarrassing.
Arsenal fans have done a lot of waiting over the last eight seasons and at this point, the Promised Land is merely a mirage fading into the distance. Yet somehow the trophy drought isn't the most worrying thing about being an Arsenal fan right now: the club has lost its identity.
We used to pride ourselves on our thrilling and expansive football, played by young players who had largely been bought for bargain prices. Even when the trophies didn't come, there was a philosophy underpinning the club's actions.
What Does Silent Stan Think?
Who are we now? What do we stand for? Our owner, Stan Kroenke, has said about three words in public since buying the club. Does he want Arsenal to be challenging trophies? Are we just a financial investment to him? Is Arsene Wenger still the right man to lead this club forward? Say something, Stan. Anything!
The manager himself has compromised on his ideals. After the annual departure of another Wenger prodigy, he's spent big money on experience, with very mixed results. For every Mikel Arteta there has been an Andre Santos. You wish he would compromise in other areas. His insistence on only signing players of 'super quality' has left the squad threadbare. It's a stance made even more ridiculous when you look at the money (in transfer fees and wages) spent on Gervinho, Sebastien Squillaci and Park Chu Young, amongst others.
Things aren't better on the pitch. We aren't particularly young or entertaining to watch now. There doesn't seem to be any game-plan, just the vague strategy of 'good football'. If neat passing doesn't work then we look completely impotent. There is an arrogant assumption that 'good football' will be enough to win games.
That arrogance leads to complacent performances like Saturday. The FA Cup was our last realistic chance of silverware this year, yet the players performed as if it was beneath them. Supposedly too good for the cup, yet nowhere near good enough for the league. We are stuck in limbo. Can the real Arsenal come back soon?