You would think that there is absolutely nothing positive that we can take from last night’s battering at the hands of Chelsea but that is not true because even in adversity we can take negatives and learn from them and that in itself is a positive.
Identifying what is wrong is positive, it means you have accepted your limitations and can put in place a plan to repair the damage, to not do so will just lead to more heartbreak.
For me, a positive is something that you can step back from and say, ok, this is where it has gone wrong, this needs to be sorted and this is how we are going to do it.
So, yes, even when looking into the abyss, with the right mentality you can turn things around.
The fans are united at long last
The fans have been bitterly divided for a long time, they were divided over Arsene Wenger, they were divided over certain players, some were even divided over how good the team really is, not no more, for the most part we are united in the belief that Arsenal is no longer a top team, united in the belief that Stan Kroenke is not fit for purpose and united in the belief the team needs a massive overhaul.
The manager now knows what must be done
If Unai Emery was in any doubt about the task in front him he is not now, he must surely know what must be done to sort the mess out, a win would have masked so many fault lines in the squad, even he cannot pretend that we are not in a terrible state and if any one thing is to come out of last night as a positive it is that Emery knows what he must do to repair the broken team that we now are.
The board cannot hide anymore
No more bullshit about self-sufficiency and only spending what we earn, they must realise that is a huge failure. If they do not then what we saw last night is just the tip of the iceberg. These are intelligent men, there is no way they could have sat through that spectacle last night and not thought to themselves that we need to spend some huge money to stop the decline.
No more excuses for falling stars
Time is up I am afraid for the likes of Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Granit Xhaka, Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal and others, there can be no more excuses, they simply are not good enough for Arsenal anymore and have not been for a while now. Last night was confirmation of that and that includes those that did not play.
The realisation of our true level
It is Europa League level at best, can you imagine this team in next seasons Champions League? We are no longer an elite team, our rivals will soon be the likes of Wolves, Leicester City and Everton. We are deluding ourselves that we are better than that, the last two months have shown what we lack, character, passion, strength and basic talent at the highest level. Now that we know our true level we can at least put in place a structure to drag ourselves back up and become competitive again instead of living in fantasy land.