having toiled long and hard to earn even that meagre breakthrough, we threw it away in a manner it seems only this side is capable of.
If last night's defeat was a price we had to pay to learn a lesson for good and all, it will be one worth paying.
Ultimately, we made it through to the next round and much will pale into insignificance but our decision-making is an issue that will need to be addressed before a Greek drama turns into a real tragedy.
Defeat to Manchester City isn't the end of the world but the Gunners are walking a fine line right now
Will Mikel Arteta chose with his head or his heart for the match against Manchester City?
Who are Benfica and how are they doing in the Portuguese league?
After radio silence for a month or so, is this the Balogun update we've all been waiting for?
Was Mikel Arteta's gamble the right one against Southampton?
Odegaard in, Ozil out? How would you rate the transfer business we have done so far?
Mikel Arteta reveals Arsenal's transfer plans for the remainder of the January window