What's worse, it's been almost as long (more than five full games) since they last scored a goal.
Coach Unai Emery said he felt the display was a big step forward for his side.
"I know if we have a very big mentality in the game and a very big performance individually and collectively - and also we need some luck - then I think we can win". "Now, for us, it's a good, big example of how you can improve also in your way".
Unfortunately for Emery, this weekend's visitors Liverpool are perfectly primed to take advantage of those weaknesses that even the League One outfit scratched at but couldn't quite exploit.
The rebuild required since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement remains a steady, ongoing process, but if their rediscovery of the resilience that gave them so many points late on in games under Ferguson becomes a regular feature it will ensure they maintain their present momentum. I remember when we played City last season, when we lost there 5-0, that was the day that City really clicked.
Following the game against the Reds, Arsenal face two further home games - against Portuguese side Sporting and Wolves - before the global break.
However, the north London side responded with seven successive victories and 22 goals in eight games to hoist themselves up to fourth place in the Premier League table.
Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey have spent time on the sidelines this season, but Emery's disregard for squad status is demonstrated best by the fight for Arsenal's number one jersey.
From Thierry Henry's ridiculous hat-trick in Arsenal 4-2 victory at Highbury in 2004 to Liverpool's 4-3 victory at the Emirates on the opening weekend of the 2016/17 campaign. I like to read good articles and a passionate football fan.
"We need to stop them doing their jobs in the 90 minutes", Metro UK quoted Emery at his pre-match press conference.