A familiarly brittle defensive showing from Arsenal saw them succumb to yet another defeat at Stoke.
In the aftermath of their 3-2 reverse at the Britannia then, fans will be especially pleased to hear that Arsene Wenger is chasing another attacking-midfielder.
The Gunners – 9/20 to return to winning ways at home to Newcastle next – are rumoured to be chasing Lyon conjurer Nabil Fekir.
Of Algerian origin, the French youngster has enjoyed a long run in Les Gones’ first-team this term.
Aged just 21, he has represented the cash-strapped Ligue 1 side 13 times domestically, as well as twice in the Europa League.
His stats say the opportunity to start so many games has been grasped, with six goals scored and two assists made, in addition of three man of the match awards.
What will be especially attractive to Wenger is Fekir’s 83.8 per cent pass completion rate.
An average of just 28.5 passes per match indicates he’s an intelligent player, who only distributes at the opportune moment and, as his accuracy attests, he rarely misses his mark.
This low passing average enhances the importance of the 1.2 key-ball mean he has recorded so far too.
With a mean of 2.6 successful dribbles per outing, he is proficient when it comes to running with the ball, while 2.2 shots per game suggests he isn’t afraid to test the opposition goalkeeper.
It’s reported that Lyon will demand around £8m for Fekir and given that Wenger considers any fee for a creative midfielder well worth the money, regardless of the circumstances, he could well be on his way to the Emirates, much to the chagrin of defender-craving Gooners the world over.