Frank Lampard spent big in the summer but his Chelsea side are worse off now than they were 12 months ago.
The Blues were poor as they went down 3-1 against Arsenal to lose more ground at the top of the table.
It was their third reverse in four Premier League games following recent losses at Everton and Wolves.
And it means, despite spending £222m in the summer, that they have four points less than they had at this point last term.
In Lampard’s first season Chelsea enjoyed a good early run that saw them win six on the bounce and eight of their first 12.
This season, as the Blues boss seeks to find the winning formula, they have been more inconsistent and registered 25 points.
Chelsea fans are yet to see the best of big money signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.
Hakim Ziyech, signed from Ajax, has been one of the more impressive performers as has Thiago Silva who arrived on a free.
Lampard though will soon have questions to answer having been allowed to invest huge amounts.
He bemoaned his side’s display at the Emirates, where they failed to register a shot on target in the first-half.
“It wasn’t good enough,” said the Blues boss.
“We fought in the second half but in the first half we gave ourselves too much to do. The players who came on added speed energy and intensity.
“I’ll take responsibility on the outside but the players also have to take responsibility. The message was clear – Arsenal are a dangerous team.
“When you go out and play 60 or 70 per cent then you’re not going to win any games
“I am angry because I want us to win games. It was an opportunity to go second. You get what you deserve.”