The problem seems to be a lack of bodies in midfield and the over-reliance on Thomas Partey to beat the press.
Arsenal looked more worried about the wind and rain.
It's a game that will hardly go down as a classic, much more a routine win
Goals win games, of course, but on Saturday it was the defence who took all the plaudits - and rightly so.
If PGMOL really wanted to preserve fluidity of the game, it might have looked at working on its appalling implementation of VAR, which had served only to make the game a sideshow, but, alas, it settled on a re-imagining of 1990s football thuggery instead.
Among the crowds of fellow fans, the tension was more palpable, the mood more on edge, the sense of nervousness more profound.
Seldom has an Arsenal team looked so vulnerable as the one we have seen recently.
The personal travails of the manager aside, he will surely be pleased with the crop of players he now has at his disposal, a group fast-approaching the sort of dynamic, focussed, willing-to-work collection of players he seems to favour. These are a group of young leaders in the making, a young group that seems willing to listen and learn and with the capacity to do so.
Like Samson without his hair, Auba had spent months toiling alone up front or on the left in a team, powerless to affect games and unable to do anything with the scraps he was given.
It has been a long time since we have seen what amounts to a strategy in our transfer dealings and in our squad building.