Unai Emery can feel vindicated after complaining to the Arsenal board over Nicolas Pepe because Mikel Arteta has the same problem.
The Gunners have been utterly embarrassed at home after losing 3-0 to Aston Villa at the Emirates.
Bukayo Saka scored an own goal before Ollie Watkins grabbed a quickfire double after the break.
But it was in attack where Arsenal were totally miserable – mustering just two shots.
Arteta started with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Willian – but no Pepe.
The Ivorian signed for a club-record fee of £72m last summer but has largely failed to play any major role this campaign.
Largely limited to cameo roles in the Premier League, he has made seven appearances but scored just once.
Emery, who is Arteta's predecessor, never wanted Pepe – instead, preferring Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha.
The former Lille star had an ineffective first year in England when he joined Arsenal last summer but there were flashes of quality.
And after Emery had been dismissed and Arteta hired, the feeling was that the 25-year-old would kick on in his second term.
But that has failed to materialise with Willian firmly the Spaniard's preferred choice on the right-wing.
Even though the Brazilian was decidedly poor against Villa, Pepe did not make much of a difference when he came on.
Arteta took full responsibility for his side's shocker on Sunday night, though was alarmed by how terrible Arsenal were.
He said: "First of all congratulations to Aston Villa for the way they played and the victory," he told Sky Sports.
"After that, we performed below our standards and I have to say it's the first time I've seen us play and we weren't a team.
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"I take full responsibility. We didn't start well enough, we got away with VAR for an offside situation but we lost all the races, the duels and we were sloppy on the ball.
"When we created chances we didn't hit the target. It's a really bad combination. We left spaces and on the counter we looked really vulnerable.
"I take full responsibility. I am responsible to make the team perform on the pitch and today we were not a team and it is my job. It is why I am standing here.
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