It doesn’t need too many words to explain how bad an European night Arsenal had when we look at the score line. The wrong side of a 4-0 score speaks how bad the performance was. Milan completely demolished an Arsenal team that probably had most of their players back from injury, especially in defence. So with this result I think Arsenal is out of the tournament and the return leg should be just a formality.
Having said that I think this team is not as bad as this match scoreline would suggest. We had Gibbs back from injury so there was no more make-shift left backs in the playing XI. Mertesacker was missing but I do not think a centreback combination of Vermaelen and Koscielny is any weak without the German in the mix. And it completed the backline with Sagna at right back. The team was good enough to defend an away European night, but I thought right from the start of the match the team was very negative in approach.
There were too many back passes which put pressure on the players receiving it or playing it. You can blame Szczesny also for giving away a goal with a bad distribution. Anyway this team is really not as bad this match showed. Rosicky had probably his worst match this season. And the way Ramsey played I guess he deserves a match in the sidelines for his negativism. Djourou has been a suspect and the way he plays. He looks like he can give away a penalty any time.
It was sad to see the team play like this and I hope we can only go up from here.