Looking forward Arsenal

So the inevitable occurred on Tuesday. We lost. We lost to a better team. A team, that if I am honest, deserves the quarterfinal spot much more than us. Let's be clear on that. Yet somehow, I don't feel too bad about it. Despite the pressure Arsenal was under, despite our lack of attempts on goal, it is undeniable that had there not been a terrible referee error, we had a real chance to win the tie. A chance to repeat the second half resurgence from the first leg and upset the Spanish giants.

Even at 3-1 down and being outplayed with 10 men on the pitch, we still could have qualified had Bendtner converted his chance at the end. The team defended bravely with Koscielny and Djourou excelling throughout. Even though we didn't really create much offensively, the team showed resilience and defensive discipline that has been lacking for a long time. Now it is time to put in behind us and look ahead.

It is important that this does not derail our season as we are still a real chance in the league and have the small matter of an FA Cup clash with Manchester United coming up. Knocking them out, inflicting a third straight defeat on our rivals and getting another step closer to silverware would be just the tonic that we need to get over Barcelona.

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