The highly anticipated match ended in disappointment for the Gunners as two silly defensive lapses ended in two quick goals for Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale. The rest was history as the Spuds resorted to negative tactics to see their lead through to the final whistle.
Arsenal have until next Wednesday to regather their thoughts with an extremely touch clash with Bayern Munich looming. The Germans currently hold a 3-1 lead on aggregate meaning the Gunners have a mountain to climb away from home.
Mertesacker is quoted as saying by Arsenal.com:
We are disappointed because we looked good for the first 35 minutes [against Tottenham]. We were solid at the back, played high up but couldn’t manage both situations where they scored.
It was strange. After we scored we couldn’t put them under the pressure that was maybe needed to score again. There were a few chances on either side, but it was very disappointing the way we played after we scored.
After that it is strange to think about it, but we need this breather now. We have 10 days until the next game and we have to think about our situation.
Of course there is potential but we have to show that on the pitch. That is what is needed over the next few weeks: to go to Munich and take our chance there, then we have to take care of the league and go for all the points.
Being realistic, I find it almost impossible to believe Arsenal will beat Bayern 3-0 at their home ground. Our inconsistency over 90 minutes has been horrendous all season and Arsenal will need a perfect 90 minutes to progress in the Champions League.
Beyond the Champions League, Arsenal face the tough task of finishing in the top four in the Premier League. Wenger stated that the clash against Tottenham was a must win and will no doubt be repeating that for every match to come.
Morale is low and the odds are stacked against us, but hopefully some of the senior members of the team (including Jack Wilshere) take responsibility for the remaining 10 games and give the fans at least one thing this season to cheer about…