As the full-time whistle went at the Emirates last night Alexis Sanchez, unable to hide his disgust, raced down the tunnel like he was eager to beat the queue for the Piccadilly Line.
Losing never gets easy, even when you’ve not experienced it since late February.
Elsewhere Jack Wilshere and Per Mertesacker hung around to applaud the crowd, but they looked similarly frustrated. Later, still shell-shocked by Swansea’s late smash-and-grab, they faced the media and couldn’t hide their disappointment.
“We tried everything to get in front, to get an opener,” Mertesacker told Arsenal Player. “That would have been lovely and have made it so much easier for us.
“But it didn’t happen and [shows] how brutal football is. All of a sudden they score out of nothing so yeah, one of those nights.
“I think we were patient over the 90 minutes. You could see in the second half that we were nearly there. We had the chances, we created more and more and we put them under massive pressure.
“It’s a disappointing night for us but we’ll keep going because we believe in ourselves and that’s what made us strong in the last couple of weeks. That was a big punishment for us here but we are still in a good mood and I’m convinced that we’ll bounce back very quickly.”
Lamenting the end of a 10-game winning streak Wilshere, who last night made his 150th appearance for the club, added:
“We dominated the first half but at the end of the day the only thing that matters is the result. We created chances and I thought Fabianski was brilliant tonight. We fell asleep for two minutes and at this level you can’t do that.
“We didn’t want it [the run] to come to an end at all, but especially at home when we felt like we dominated the game. It’s tough to take but when you dominate a game like that you should be winning it, but we switched off at the end for a minute and got punished. You get punished at this level and we did.”
Both men also reserved praise for Lukasz Fabianski, who was universally voted man-of-the-match after a 90-minute display of perfect handling.
“I thought Fabianski was brilliant,” said Wilshere. “In the second half we did create a few chances that we should be scoring but Fabianski was there and he’s been fantastic for them this year.
“I’m happy for him – he’s been my friend for a good number of years while we were at Arsenal. He’s grown as a player and seems to be growing as a person as well, and I’m happy for him.”
Mertesacker was similarly magnanimous concluding: “He was a good team-mate and will always be so it was a good night for him but frustrating for us. We gave him the opportunity to make good saves.
“I think there were plenty of chances where we could have done better in front of goal to give him no chance. He had a good today but we didn’t execute as well as we normally do.”