The Gunners were throughly embarrassed in the Champions League when they were battered 10-2 on aggregate by a rampant Bayern Munich side.
And in the Premier League they have slipped down to fifth, after their trip to Anfield, were they were beaten 3-1 by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
On Saturday Arsenal host non-league outfit Lincoln City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup – their best chance of winning silverware this season.
Arsene Wenger’s men will be expected to progress to the semi-finals without any problems, but here (in the above video, and listed below) are seven reasons why the Goliaths must be wary of little old David.
Lincoln City have already beaten a Premier League team
And? They beat Burnely, it’s not really the same, is it?
No, we hear what you are saying, but despite the Clarets not quite being on par with the Gunners – no disrespect – they are still four four division above the Imps.
They were still the favourites to win in every possible way and yet were unable to stop a Lincoln side on an apparently unstoppable FA Cup run.
Now, Arsenal will still be favourites for this game, don’t get us wrong, but football match are very often won on confidence.
And if you had to pick the most confident team in England right now, Lincoln would definitely be in the running.
While the Gunners may well be the team most lacking in confidence right now.
Financial benefits will be a huge incentive
Lincoln City are in line for a £1million FA Cup pay day from their quarter-final clash, which will help the club in so many ways.
The Imps will get around 9,000 tickets – the lower and upper tier of the Clock End – for the plum tie.
While the share of the gate receipts from the tie at the Emirates will net Lincoln a pay day of around seven figures.
The manager of fellow non-league outfit Sutton United, who Arsenal knocked out in the fifth round, previously spoke out about how money from their cup run had helped them.
Paul Doswell told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I dared not to even dream about that [the possible financial gains] because I think if I had done that and we had lost it would have made me pretty suicidal, and the chairman.”
And this was after they raked in just £30,000 after beating AFC Wimbledon in the third round – imagine what more than £1million would mean to a non-league team.
With this in mind the Imps players will be acutely aware of the financial benefits a result will bring and will therefore be gunning for the money to help improve their club.
Their fans are going to be really up for it
Throughout this competition the Imps fans have backed their team brilliantly, and this is definitely going to remain the case on Saturday.
Ahead of their game with Ipswich – their first match with a Championship team – the Imps fans were filmed queuing in huge numbers to get hold of a ticket.
They later put on quite the show as they celebrated in the streets ahead of their replay, which they won 1-0 following a 2-2 draw at Portman Road.
Drawing Brighton in the fourth round – a second Championship side – led to more elation from the fans, who celebrated the chance to host the Seagulls like they’d won the cup.
The draw led to an even bigger turn out of supporters, desperate to get their hands on a ticket, queuing up outside the ground.
And finally, the reaction from fans as they beat Premier League outfit Burnley to reach the quarter-finals was quite simply a spectacle.
The supporters have been right behind their team every step of this cup run and will definitely be making themselves heard, and willing their team to go all the way at the Emirates on Saturday.
Lincoln have hindered Arsenal’s preparation
The non-league side have been careful to keep their tactics under wraps ahead of their quarter-final clash, which could really help them out this weekend.
Arsenal had hoped to spy on the FA Cup giant-killers but Wenger’s scouts were rumbled by the Humber.
The Gunners wanted to send a delegation to run the rule over Danny Cowley’s conquerors of Burnley – but tiny North Ferriby United refused them entry.
North Ferriby match secretary Andrew Frankland-Barnes said: “They rang up this morning asking if they could send their scouts to watch Lincoln.
“But we had to tell them, ‘Sorry, we’re full up – where are we going to put them?”
The Gunners will be hoping they didn’t miss the chance to take note of something valuable ahead of the Saturday afternoon fixture.
It’s written in the stars that Sean Raggett will score… again
In the same way players always score on their debut or against a former team, it is written in the stars for Sean Ragget to hit the back of the net… again.
The giant defender, who produced the moment of this season’s competition so far with a last-minute winner at Burnley, is an Arsenal fan.
He’s never had the opportunity to see his team play, and admitted it would be “so special” to face them at the Emirates Stadium.
“I’ve never been to watch Arsenal, because I was with Gillingham as a kid and then since I was 16 I’ve been playing football every Saturday,” said Raggett.
“So to play against them would be unbelievable, wouldn’t it!
“Imagine. The first time I see them live in person is when I’m playing against them. It would be incredible.”
And imagine scoring. It couldn’t happen, could it?
Arsenal are missing key players due to a sickness bug
A sickness bug has affected a number of first team players ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup clash this Saturday and Wenger is a little short on quality as a result.
The Frenchman ruled out both Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi ahead of the tie, and is waiting to see whether Mesut Ozil will be well enough to play.
And it’s not just on-field players either, what with an injury doubt over David Ospina.
Wenger has been forced to draft in inexperienced third-choice Emiliano Martinez, whose only appearances this season have been in the EFL Cup, into the squad for the game.
And Lincoln City will definitely be looking to test the 24-year-old straight from the first whistle if he is to start between the sticks.
Lincoln defender Luke Waterfall is on a mission
It might not be the most terrifying threat ever aimed at the Gunners, but it’s a statement of intent none the less and must be taken seriously.
Imps defender Luke Waterfall is well up for this game and hopes to take advantage of the pressure Wenger is currently under by making it count.
“We’re massive underdogs again but we have been for the last four FA Cup ties and we’re still in it,” Waterfall told Mirror Sport.
“The pressure is all on Arsenal – the FA Cup is all they have got to play for now, so they are going to be trying ridiculously hard to beat us.
“It’s the perfect draw – it’s the one we wanted in rounds three, four and five, and finally we’ve got it – but we go there believing in ourselves.”