Despite a strong defensive performance against the reigning champions Barcelona, Arsenal succumbed to a 2-0 defeat thanks to a late double from Lionel Messi. Even for the most optimistic of fans, it will be difficult to see the Gunners going through from this position.
But in my opinion, I think Arsenal’s imminent exit from the UEFA Champions League is more of a positive looking at the bigger picture of the season. Even if by some miracle, Arsene Wenger’s side manage to overturn the deficit at the Nou Camp, we’re probably not going to win it anyway. In addition, midweek games would definitely have an adverse affect on League performances at this late stage of the season.
Simply put, the team just does not have enough to go all the way in Europe. There is a lack of quality in most positions and a lack of quantity in some – meaning that the team are not going to challenge for European glory any time soon. With that being said, I believe we must accept that and go all guns blazing for the two remaining trophies.
From an optimistic point of view, the team will have to focus only domestically once we get knocked out of the Champions League, an advantage that title rivals Leicester have had all season long. In addition, we will also have Santi Cazorla back around the time of the second leg and the Spaniard will surely provide a massive boost for the Gunners in the quest for a League and Cup double.