Last night was heartbreaking, wasn’t it? From the sheer joy in the 113th minute to the absolute agony at the 120th, we saw it all.
Playing our fourth game in 11 days didn’t help our cause but as Mikel Arteta said, we created enough to put the game to bed but sadly, it wasn’t to be.
Olympiacos were incredibly organised at the back. It was almost like playing a Jose Mourinho side but it is what it is and we have to look ahead.
The players were visibly distraught at the end of the game and it will not be easy to lift them up. However, Arteta has to find a way to motivate them again to give their all until the end of the season.
Arsenal are currently seven points off Chelsea with 11 games still left to be played. It is definitely not over yet but it will certainly be difficult.
Manchester United, Wolves, Sheffield United and Tottenham are all in the running along with us and Chelsea and it will be a fight to the finish.
Thankfully for us, we have almost always had a strong finish to our season after our European dismay in February.
Arteta’s biggest ever test as a manager
Arteta is in unknown territory as a manager and the way he will rally his troops now will be interesting.
If he can get through this stage well and get Arsenal as close to the top-four as possible, if not into it, we will go into next season with our confidence incredibly high.
The financial implications will be massive if we fail to make it there. However we’ve been in tough situations before and we will bounce back – hopefully, sooner rather than later.