Although Per Mertesacker spoke after the game last night to talk about how Arsenal wouldn’t give up on Champions League qualification, there was little else he could say in those circumstances.
The 2-0 defeat gives Arsene Wenger’s side a mountain to climb in Barcelona in three weeks time, but domestically the Gunners have to respond against Manchester United on Sunday. Despite the negativity surrounding the result in a game nobody gave us any chance of winning in the first place, there were 70 minutes of relative positivity, and the lads will have to channel them at Old Trafford.
The BFG is looking for the team to get themselves back on track against a United team that have been struggling this season.
“We go to Manchester United because we want to compete in the Premier League,” he said. “We are in a good position and we don’t want to give that position up.
“When we have lost a game, we have tried to bounce back quickly and I think we have a great chance on Sunday to do that again, and to show we are still in a strong position and still competing for the title.
“Leicester was a good game to prove we are still in it, but you need to have more little successes on the road to reach the big target. But we go step by step and that is a good focus.
“It is a great chance to get the focus back on the Premier League and forget what happened in the last 20 minutes and just focus on what went well.”
A win there would certainly help patch up the wounds of last night, and with the league very much the focus now, we can’t afford any more slip-ups.