Arsenal legend Bob Wilson believes there is no recovering the club's disappointing start to the season and that Arsene Wenger's side should forget trying to qualify for the Champions League.
Arsene Wenger's side suffered a further setback on Sunday, after defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, leaving them in 15th in the Barclays Premier League.
Such has been the start to their season, and the losses in the summer, that Arsenal could be denied a spot in the Champions League for the first time in 14 years.
"We're going to have to accept that this is going to be the poorest season in 15 years," Wilson said.
"The (Samir) Nasri and (Cesc) Fabregas debacle has thrown the club into disarray and this team has been put together quickly.
"But there were real signs yesterday when they competed with a very good Tottenham side. I'm going to take the plusses!"
The international break gives Arsenal an opportunity to re-group before hosting both Sunderland and Stoke City, which is followed by a trip to Chelsea at the end of the month.
Arsenal also have their Champions league commitments to take into account, with a trip to Marseille on the horizon, a competition that takes on extra importance, especially if the club fail further behind domestically.