Enough has been said about yesterday’s debacle at Everton and, for all our sanity, it is time to move on and look forward to the Europa League quarter-final clash with Napoli.
This is actually the perfect game for us, it is against one of the two best teams in Italian football, it is at home, and a win would certainly lift morale after what happened yesterday. Not just for the players but for us, the fans as well.
No one is saying it will be an easy game, of course, it will not be, but we know we are a different beast at the Emirates and that the level of Italian football below Juventus is not what it once was. In better words, this is a game we have a great chance of winning.
It also sets the stage for some of the players to put right what happened in the Everton game, players like Ozil, who has come in for some fierce criticism for his performance, can get the fans back on side but only if we win of course.
There is a risk here, we lose and then a rut starts to set in, especially when you consider we are away to Watford the following Monday, the last thing we need going into that game is to have lost at home in the Europa League and to find ourselves outside the top four (as we most likely will be) at that stage.
The game against Napoli is our chance to reboot our end of season campaign, this could be the week that defines our entire season, get it right and we are beautifully set up for the last few games, get it wrong and, well, that is not even worth thinking about.