So days on and the hurt and fall out from recent humiliation still hasn't gone away. Our last realistic opportunity to win a trophy and get this ridiculous monkey off our backs has been spurned once again in the most frustrating of circumstances. More worryingly the infighting between supporters has reached a point where the atmosphere and vibes around the club are almost exclusively negative.
Negativity hurting the club
This negativity and frustration was palpable on Saturday and the team roundly booed at full time. This was to be expected, I guess, and people were within their rights to boo what was an arrogant, lazy and, at times, half-hearted performance. However, what was disappointing was that the negativity around the ground was evident long before the full-time whistle. At times, it felt like their were certain sections of the crowd that were hoping players like Gervinho would fail so they could continue their ranting about the decline of the club.
Gervinho has hardly set the world alight at the club and he put in another disappointing display on Saturday but I can't see how jumping on his back every time he makes a mistake can possibly encourage him to play better. We don't do it with Giroud, in fact we do the opposite, despite the fact that he has also put in some pretty lethargic performances this season (Saturday included). Unsurprisingly, he has improved as a result, so why can't we do the same for Gervinho?
After all, we are supposed to be supporters, not critics, and should be supporting our team whilst they're on the pitch not chastising them.
Banish the boos
People will argue that they are within their right to boo, as they did with Eboue, I can't deny that that is their right, but I don't see how it benefits the team in any way. The team is under enough pressure as it is from the media who seem to relish regularly ridiculing Wenger and lambasting the team at every possible opportunity. Us as fans adding to this by slagging off Wenger and jumping on the players every time they make mistake will only add to that pressure.
Again, people will argue that the players and manager are big enough and paid handsomely enough not to let that pressure get to them but clearly the evidence of recent seasons suggests to the contrary. You only need to look at yesterday's press conference, where a usually cool Wenger lost it with some very disrespectful hacks, to see that the opposite is true.
In short, the side needs all the support we can give them between now and the end of the season. We were embarrassing against Blackburn, doing little (North Bank aside) to try and lift the team. We need to put the infighting and anger about the way the club is being run aside until the end of the season and get behind the boys.
I have no doubt that will be the case but it needs to be like that every week just as we expect the team to be up for it every time they take to the field.
The concern for me, though, is that even with a great performance - and it will have to be to beat this Bayern side - we will fall short over the two legs as we did against Barcelona a couple of seasons ago.
However, the next leg is two weeks away and what's important now is that we all unite as a club and show what Arsenal FC is really about not only now but for the rest of the season. After all, our motto is Victoria Concordia Crescit!