Everything I read or heard today is all negative about the Gunners. Yes, it was a bad result and the performance in the first half of disappointing but for me the contest ended with the Koscielny send-off. It was probably a right decision but I would bet that you will find another 100 instances of a similar offence that will go unpunished. In fact, I am sure this decision is the first this season given by the referee for a defender holding on to the striker in the penalty box.
I am not going to dwell on how bad or any negative news about last night. I choose to focus on what was promising about the team. The second performance, although not their best by any standards, was at least full of fight. Szczesny was also pretty commanding in his box but the brightest spot last night was the performance of Jack Wilshere.
Jack has not gone back up to his best level yet but his performance yesterday was very positive. He was everywhere and fighting for every ball. The City players were so afraid of him that every time he got the ball, he was surrounded by at least 2 or 3 players. He passing was good and penetrating runs created problems for the City defense. It was just a pity that his other teammates did not match his desire and drive in the match.
These is the kind of performance that we can expect from Jack in the future. He is close to being his best now and his form will be crucial for the second half of the season. Now all we can hope is the other guys can supplement Jack in the team.