There have been a good few posts on JusArsenal covering the upcoming Liverpool v Arsenal clash on Saturday evening with many comments giving every possible viewpoint and one such opinion does frustrate me a little I will admit.
I struggle to get on board with the attitude that a defeat is ok as long as we try.
Of course, if the lads try their hearts out and lose then there is no room for harsh criticism, I mean, we are playing a team that lost just once in the Premier League last season, that has been thrashing us and who are European Champions.
But a loss is still a loss and no matter who the opponents are and no matter the context of the game we are still Arsenal and should not be accepting any loss, even if that loss is an improvement.
Our minimum expectations must be to get something from the game and nothing less.
If we were West Ham or Newcastle then fair enough, a credible loss is acceptable but not for a team like Arsenal.
Take Tottenham, they got absolutely battered by Man City and got very lucky with the penalty that never was but none of that matters, what matters is that they came away with a draw and one point and yet they were by far the inferior team.
Top-six teams have that about them, they can be very poor and still get something from the game, that is what makes a top-six team.
It is all about heart, attitude, commitment and so on and all that starts before the game.
The absolute minimum we should be expecting is a draw and it matters not that Arsenal is away playing a superior team.