Yet to gain a significant uplift in fortunes in the post-Arsene Wenger era, Arsenal is facing another season in the Europa League unless it wins the competition to qualify for the Champions League.
Yet their recent away form has undermined their top-four prospects, having gone unbeaten on home soil since the opening day - including a draw with leaders Liverpool and a defeat of arch rivals Tottenham.
Arsenal are now six points behind Chelsea who occupy fourth in the race for Champions League football next season. "But I think we had enough with these players", said Emery.
Inkersole suggests that the Hammers are already in the market for Premier League strikers Callum Wilson, Olivier Giroud and Aleksandar Mitrovic and he also tipped the London outfit to reignite their interest in former transfer targets Wissam Ben Yedder and Moussa Marega. We need consistency over 38 matches.
"Now it's more hard, it's clear", the manager admitted in the wake of their London Stadium loss.
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Chelsea dominated possession in the first half-hour, but they switched off at the back as Newcastle nearly snatched an equaliser. And according to recent reports, the 30-year-old has caught the eye of the Catalan giants once again in the January window.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery was disappointed with his side's approach to the match.
While Ozil was conspicuous by his absence, West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini opted to select Marko Arnautovic, despite the forward appearing to be keen on a January move to China. "We are working on that". We need to take more confidence, more performance collectively, being competitive away to change this moment.
"And then sometimes we are doing but like today [Saturday] we need to do more to be more competitive and to impose our idea and our quality".
At the time of writing there is no official agreement, but Arsenal are hopeful of signing the player on loan with a view for a permanent move in the summer, with The Sun reporting that concrete talks will take place on Monday.