Is it ever justifiable to be disappointed with a win?

By Avenell Dave

Let's have some perspective - we could be Liverpool.

Can you imagine us spending almost £40m in the summer and still not qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages? Rafa Benitez, hang your head in shame!

So Arsenal are through as winners in possibly the weakest group in this year's competition.

Watching the Rubin v Kiev game before ours started, I wondered how our team would fare in wintery conditions.

Previous sojourns to eastern Europe haven't been fruitful, after all.

But something has happened to Arsenal since the godforsaken international break.

We have lost our flow, our fizz, the essence on which Wengerball is based - and it can't be put down solely to the absence of Robin van Persie.

I received a text after the game from a fellow Addict exclaiming his disappointment at the limp approach to the second half.

In some respects, it was job done, a chance to give returning players like Tomas Rosicky and Theo Walcott a chance to get some game time and push for inclusion on Sunday.

Did Denilson do enough to suggest he should replace Abou Diaby in midfield?

Certainly his goal was impressive, his passing somewhat more forward-thinking than in past years and given that he had been out for so long, he didn't do badly.

But while we seemed to go through the motions, biding our time until Sunday and succumbing to thuggery in the shape of some pretty choice challenges on Kieran Gibbs and Alex Song, there are questions still to be asked.

I'm gutted for Gibbs but at least Armand Traore is fit and while not yet brilliant, he did ok against Sunderland and should be able to cope.

Samir Nasri was impressive on the right of the forward three - but given Arsene Wenger's suggestion that he could play the deep-lying AC Milan Pirlo role, could he not join Cesc Fabregas and Song in midfield?

Did Carlos Vela do enough to suggest he could worry the Ch*v defence?

For me, Rosicky must start in a forward position, but who can partner him, I don't know.

The fact that Eduardo wasn't given a chance to find his goalscoring mojo suggests Wenger is either worried about his state of mind or state of fitness. The boy is class and the only way to get his confidence back is to score goals against crap like Liege.

And then we come to Andrey Arshavin.

What a revelation he was last season and what a disappointment this time around.

The guys behind me continuously joked about his lack of effort or running but his recent impact is no laughing matter.

He has enough talent to destroy most defences, but even the greatest players knew you had to earn your right to play and the little Russian is going missing way too much.

We know what he can do and how important he can be - especially with other attacking options absent. It's time for him to step up.

Let's hope it gets really physical for the Chavs tonight, that Wenger works tirelessly on the defence that got opened up by a poor side last night, and that everyone puts in a hell of a lot more effort on Sunday.

Choices to make, players to repair - this is a huge week for Arsene Wenger.