The Kieran Tierney misfire as Unai Emery's claim comes back to bite him
Patience is one of life's virtues but it's in short supply for players and managers in the modern game.
And Unai Emery will be fully aware Arsenal supporters tolerance is being tested to the absolute limit after his side's latest away day horror show.
Monday's lifeless 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sheffield United leaves the Premier League big-hitters on the outside looking in for a top-four finish.
It's a far cry from the boundless optimism that surrounded the manager and his team after their stirring win over rivals Tottenham just 11 months ago.
Emery was lauded for the breathless football powering the electric atmosphere in the wake of Arsenal colossus Arsene Wenger exiting stage left in the summer of 2018.
But the good times dried up and supporters were left with serious reservations after the humiliating 4-1 Europa League Final defeat at the hands of Chelsea.
Emery was emboldened by his side's late transfer flurry that led to the treble capture of David Luiz, Nicolas Pepe and Kieran Tierney.
The Brazilian defender, an £18m signing from Chelsea, talks a good game but has a mistake in him at every turn. Forget Tony Adams, the North Londoners would settle for the return of Laurent Koscielny at the back.
And Pepe has struggled mightily since his £72million move from Lille, his sitter in the first half encapsulating his wretched start to life at his new club.
But Monday's night's trip to the Steel City was meant to be about the man who was supposed to fortify a teetering defence.
It was supposed to be Tierney's big Premier League introduction.
But Arsenal supporters were greeted with an unwelcome pre-match swerve from their manager as he kept faith with incumbent left-back Sead Kolasinac.
The £25m Celtic hero had the Gunners faithful purring his brilliant Cup displays against Nottingham Forest and Standard Liege.
Tierney is up to speed after his double hernia surgery but there was no place for him in the starting XI.
Football London's Gunners correspondent James Benge gave fizzing supporters an insight into the beleaguered Spaniard's thinking over his big defensive call.
He tweeted before kick-off: "Emery's view is Sead Kolasinac hasn't done anything to merit being dropped."
But if that decision was causing uproar before the game then it led to all-out disorder as the Bosnian produced a display littered with errors from the first whistle to last.
The former Schalke man was the provider for Pepe's gilt-edged chance during the first period but it was his raft of defensive errors that caused consternation against Chris Wilder's rugged side.
Arsenal's creaky backline wasn't helped by the powderpuff midfield but Kolasinac would look shaky even with with Roy Keane and N'Golo Kante playing in front of him.
Make no mistake about it, the 26-year-old was rotten and the warning signs were flashing before Lys Mousset's first-half strike.
He was posted missing at the back post and his tepid appeals for a foul were ignored as the Frenchman wheeled away to celebrate.
Kolasinac's evening didn't get any better in the second half as he was all at sea as United consistently targeted him at the back post.
Former Celtic target George Baldock sensed the weakness in the opposition and the rampaging right-back was able to have a free shot at goal with the Arsenal man offering little resistance.
Kolasinac had a chance for redemption at the other end of pitch but his woeful header high into the night sky as he arrived at the back post typified his misfiring effort.
But the decision to leave Tierney hanging won't be soothed by a return to the starting XI for Thursday's Europa League clash with Vitoria on Thursday. The absence of Hector Bellerin was also a surprise considering the Spaniard's rousing injury comeback.
Arsenal have reaped the rewards of the Scotland star's infectious personality by having him front and centre of club's social media output.
But it will take more than a well-timed Twitter update to ease growing concerns over Emery and the tactical mishaps threatening to alienate the club's support.
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