At least the Arsenal under 21 side have got a second chance to achieve the main goal of winning promotion to the top division of the Barclays Premier League, but you would have to worry about our chances after the young Gunners followed in the footsteps of the senior side by blowing what seemed to be a golden opportunity to finish on top of the league.
When the Arsenal under 21s pulled off the brilliant result of beating the top club Derby County despite being a man down last Monday, it meant that we had two games left to overtake the leaders and claim automatic promotion. We needed just one win but managed to lose both games, against Swansea and then West Brom last night, despite Jack Wilshere scoring a superb equaliser at the start of the second half.
The format of the league means that we now face a play off against 5th placed Blackburn Rovers and if Arsenal win that we then have the promotion decider against the winner of the other game between 3rd placed Swansea and 4th placed Aston Villa.
The bonus of the Gunners finishing second is that our games will be played at home but after blowing such a great chance and with this sort of thing seeming to hang over the club like a dark cloud, will Steve Gatting be able to inspire his young charges to bounce back and win a place in the top division for next season?
And if not, what repercussions might that have for these Arsenal stars of the future?