Lots of miserable texts pinging around on Saturday night, but I was unusually undisheartened (so to speak). It’s very unlike me to be overly upbeat, but I am. Perhaps I need to seek medical assistance.
My overall feeling was that we were unlucky, and in the second half at least, looked far and away the most likely team to score. Diaby looks better with every game, van Persie showed that he is class and Ljungberg had one of his better games.
And for a defence missing four out of five of its regular staff, I think we defended OK too. Djourou showed promise, Gilbert – a veteran of five games – played well, and Campbell too looked a lot more comfortable. He should play more often with a hamstring strain, eh?
Reyes didn’t have his finest hour – he needs to show more consistency – but I thought Hleb looked better than he has, and with a bit of a run in the side now as he has had, he’s finally adapting to the speed of the English game. They cost £27m those two. Just a thought.
But overall, we showed some fight. As the Guardian report today puts it, the defeat “might prove to be the time that Arsenal outgrew their reputation for being a soft touch”.