Arsenal suffered something of a battering at the hands of Liverpool on Saturday, losing 5-1 at Anfield.
Some Gunners fans prone to such things called for Arsene Wenger to leave, while those a little less trigger-happy put it down to a very bad day at the office.
But it is not all bad for Arsenal. In fact, here are three reasons to smile despite Saturday’s loss.
1) Home comforts
Arsenal’s next four matches are at the Emirates Stadium, where they will entertain Manchester United, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Sunderland over the next two weeks. Yes, they will all be tough contests, but the Gunners’ February fixture-list is proof of what an outstanding season they are enjoying.
It will be a tough ask, but at home Wenger’s side have a real chance of turning that Anfield mauling into a distant memory.
2) Absence makes the heart grow fonder
Mathieu Flamini was sorely missed against the Reds, and while he still has two matches to sit out following his dismissal against Southampton, he will be back for the huge match against Bayern in the Champions League, and what is likely to be a tricky encounter against the Black Cats.
3) United in their struggles
If you think Arsenal are having a bad time, just take a look at what is happening at Old Trafford. Manchester United visit on Wednesday in the midst of a terrible run of form, and the last thing they would want as they attempt to get a much-needed victory is come up against a side fresh from a humiliation.
You can rest assured that Arsenal’s players will be up for the mid-week match, hoping to recover from their own woes, heap more on United and capitalise on a mini-wobble from Manchester City.
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