Morning all.

Disappointed? Of course, but over the two legs, did we really deserve more? Regardless of your or my opinion, we’re out of the Europa Cup. Beaten on penalties but the killer blow was Sporting CP’s equaliser which was incredibly good. Aaron Ramsdale will no doubt be criticised by anyone who isn’t keen on our English keeper but that’s how he plays. It’s how Arsenal play. If anyone is looking to blame someone, then my focus would be on what happened before Goncalves hit his shot.

I’m sure Aaron Ramsdale will be feeling disappointed this morning because one of Sporting’s penalty kicks went under his body, another he got a hand to but the saves he made during the game were the reason we even made it to penalties. The same can be said of Sporting CP and their keeper because he too was in superb form.

I feel for Gabriel Martinelli as he was the only player to see his his spot kick saved and ultimately, it sent us out of the competition but Arsenal had created enough chances to win the game long before then. We as a club win, lose or draw as a team/squad and I’m sure Mikel Arteta has told him that.

More worrying than the result in my opinion is the injury to Takehiro Tomiyasu and William Saliba.

After the game, Mikel Arteta said:

Tomiyasu looks pretty serious, for his reaction straight away and what he said to me. Obviously, it’s very early and difficult to know. William, I don’t know. He had some discomfort and could not carry on, so we had to take him off.

The last thing Arsenal need right now is for either or both to be ruled out for a long period of time. The last thing Arsenal needed last night was 120 minutes of football before taking on Crystal Palace on Sunday but as the old saying goes, ‘it is what it is….’

We’ve been carrying injuries throughout the season. We had Emile out for four months, Gabriel Jesus out for four months, Alex for two and half months, Thomas for a month and a half, Eddie for a month and a half. We had quite a lot of injuries already, but we dealt with that. The disappointment is not going to go away, the disappointment is there now but it brings clarity. There are 11 games to play now, 11 Premier League games and we have a final against Crystal Palace.

No doubt Mikel Arteta was taking a swipe back at ten Hag who for some strange reason thought it was a good idea to lie to the media. Mikel Arteta has not had a fully fit squad for most of the season, far from it in fact. Imagine if he’d have been without Rashford for the amount of time we’ve been without Gabriel Jesus. Or Casemiro for six weeks like Thomas Partey or his first choice left back as often as Oleksandr Zinchenko has been out. ESR has barely played this season because of injury and right now, Eddie Nketiah is on the sidelines too. The difference is, Mikel Arteta doesn’t use injuries as an excuse when things don’t quite go to plan. Injuries are part of the game and it’s how a manager deals with them which counts.

If there is a positive to take from last night’s exit from the Europa League it’s that now, we have just eleven League fixtures to focus on. The Sunday/Thursday rush around is over and after the weekend, there’s a break for international football. All three of our Brazilian players will get a rest, as will Ben White.

The Arsenal players have two days to recharge their batteries. There’s no time to feel sorry for themselves because there’s a Premier League trophy to try and win. Hopefully, the squad will use the disappointment of last night to spur them on. To bounce back with another win as they’ve done before after a disappointing result. Eleven games and the 33 points on offer is what matters now.

Catch up in the comments.