For the last day or so Arsenal fans have been in a state of shock and I expect the same is true of Arsene Wenger and the players. It has been a painful time as we agonise over the mistakes made against Monaco that leave us teetering on the brink of yet another early Champions League exit.
Arsenal were truly awful from top to bottom but instead of cheerfully accepting that and enjoying the fact that they got the Gunners on a bad day, the Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim and striker Dimitar Berbatov chose to rub salt into our wounds by claiming that it was their tactical nous that caused the shock result. No mention of luck that we missed our chances and they got a wicked deflection for the first goal.
Instead they both gloatingly claimed that Arsenal played exactly as they expected and fell into their devious trap. Yeah right guys, apart from the fact that we missed a hatful of chances and completely lost the plot at the back. That was us, not you. Their tactics were not a surprise, we just failed to turn up.
But as annoying as their gloating claims are, they could also be the perfect motivation for Wenger and the Arsenal players when we travel to Monaco in a little over two weeks. So I hope that the manager keeps a copy of their words and brings it out before we play the second leg and then hopefully the Gunners will be fired up to ram their words back down their throats.