Arsenal pair Jack Wilshere and Petr Cech both publicly apologised to Gunners fans via social media on Sunday following the latest poor result for the club after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Brighton.
Arsenal have now lost all of their last four games in all competitions and have only won four times since the turn of the calendar year, a truly dismal run of form over a period of 10 weeks.
Taking to Twitter after the Brighton defeat, Wilshere acknowledged that supporters 'deserve better' and urged them to 'stick with' the team.
I'm sorry to the gooners out there. You deserve better. Thats all i have to say. I know its difficult at the moment in this difficult period we are going through as a team but we need you. We will do better but please stick with us ❤ pic.twitter.com/UTsCdXkQmB— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) March 5, 2018
The home-grown midfielder, who may or may not still be with the club next season in light of his expiring contract, was slated just a week earlier after he appeared to blame the club's defeat in the Carabao Cup final on poor refereeing.
"And people will say we are looking for excuses but these are facts. Anyway we need to respond, starting on Thursday," Wilshere had tweeted after that game.
Hard to put into words my emotions about yesterday. City are a good team and deserved to win yesterday. Alot of people have had thier say on us and we have to accept cristism when we loose. That being said i can't accept some of the decisions that went against us yesterday. … pic.twitter.com/JgdO9ptqCx— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) February 26, 2018
Cech, meanwhile, took responsibility for the two Brighton goals that he conceded, lamenting that the 'damage was done' before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back. At this point it is worth mentioning that Arsenal had the whole of the second half to find an equaliser and didn't.
If you want to win a game away of home in the best league in the world your GK can’t concede 2 goals like I did today ... it’s simply not possible ... The team fought back but the damage was done .— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) March 4, 2018
Arsenal players apologising to fans on social media is actually becoming a common sight.
Mohamed Elneny responded to the viral image of a young Arsenal fan crying at the Carabao Cup final after watching the team get torn apart by Manchester City.
"Listen, your tears are so precious for all of us. For the sake of you and the sake of all the gunners’ fans I promise you to fight to draw the smile on your face," the Egyptian midfielder said.
That 'fight' was noticeably lacking when Arsenal faced the same opposition just a few days later at home in the Premier League and were beaten by the same 3-0 score-line, having been played off the field in the first half hour. It was also missing at Brighton.
After an embarrassing 4-0 defeat against Liverpool back in August, Mesut Ozil, who has been practically invisible since recently signing his new bumper contract, apologised on Instagram.
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Blame us, shout at us, criticize us, but I'm also very disappointed about today's game 😠. We wanted to achieve a positive result before the international break but we were simply not good enough during the 90 minutes and Liverpool deserved the win without a doubt. Usually I'm too angry to post on social media after such frustrating days like today, but I don't want to let this match go uncommented before traveling to the DFB Team. Nevertheless... Gunners, I'm sorry - especially for the fans who travelled all the way up to Liverpool to see us fighting. But we will try everything to improve in the next game and bounce back from the disappointment we are all feeling at the moment 👊🏼 #LFCvAFC @arsenal
"We wanted to achieve a positive result before the international break but we were simply not good enough during the 90 minutes and Liverpool deserved the win without a doubt ... Gunners, I'm sorry - especially for the fans who travelled all the way up to Liverpool to see us fighting."
It's all well and good acknowledging when results are poor and promising to 'fight' to fix it. But how long before Gunners players actually step up and make good on those pledges?
Arsenal remain sixth in the Premier League standings and are closer to seventh place Burnley than they are to fifth place Chelsea. The gap to the top four and all-important Champions League qualification is now an enormous 13 points and Arsene Wenger has conceded the fight.
"I think that [fourth place] had already gone. Mathematically, with five teams in front of us, you need two to collapse. With such a number of games to go it's very difficult to think it will happen," the under fire Frenchman said.