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As we head into the first international break of the 2021/22 season, the Premier League table makes for grim reading for everyone associated with Arsenal.

The Gunners find themselves rock bottom of the standings, having suffered three losses in their opening three matches.

💬 “I have to say thank you to the 3,000 fans that came here today. On a difficult day like this, to give the support that they have… It’s outstanding.”

🎙 @M8Arteta#MCIARS

— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 28, 2021

Worse still, they have yet to score a single goal and have conceded nine times already – giving them a woeful goal difference of –9.

After losing 2-0 to Brentford on the opening weekend, Mikel Arteta’s side suffered a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea before going down 5-0 to Manchester City last time out.

Of course, it is still early days. Although we are only three games into the new campaign, the question is already being asked: could Arsenal really get relegated?

There is no denying that Arsenal have been going downhill ever since legendary manager Arsene Wenger left the club in 2018.

Since Wenger’s departure, the Gunners finished fifth in the 2018/19 season before registering back-to-back eighth-place finishes in the previous two campaigns.

Following 19 consecutive seasons in the Champions League between 1998/99 and 2016/17, Arsenal spent four straight seasons in the Europa League between 2017/18 and 2020/21.

To make matters worse, the Gunners failed to secure European football for the current campaign for the first time since 1995/96. That’s a quarter of a century!

Not only have the club’s domestic standards slipped, but their European ambitions have also suffered as a result.

Arsenal were the highest-spending Premier League club during the summer transfer window, ending the window with a net spend of £121.23 million.

Ben White’s move from Brighton cost the club £52.65m, while Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale each cost in excess of £25m.

With Takehiro Tomiyasu, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares also arriving at the Emirates Stadium during the summer, the Gunners have acquired some much-needed reinforcements.

Question marks still remain over Arteta’s coaching and management, though. If he can’t get the best out of the new signings, he could pay the ultimate price.

At the end of the day, it is difficult to imagine a club of Arsenal’s stature dropping down into the Championship.

But when you look at the likes of Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers struggling in the second tier, you can’t exactly say that Arsenal are safe.

Still, with big-name stars such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Thomas Partey and Bukayo Saka in their ranks, the Gunners should finish the season in the bottom three.

— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 28, 2021

If Arteta can integrate the new signings efficiently, Arsenal should start picking up points and moving up the table after the international break.