The good, the bad and the ugly - ever get the feeling the Gods are against us?

By Avenell Dave

The Good

- Andrey Arshavin drifts through games making little impact, then wins a penalty (more of that later) and scoring a rocket few keepers would save

- Thomas Vermaelen is the type of defender Arsenal should collect, the Tony Adams, Martin Keown-type defender we have missed for so long

- Alex Song put himself about with energy and tenacity and matched Darren Fletcher in the battle for midfield dominance

- Even when our formation looked scrappy, we did enough to neutralise M*nure, and when it started to work, the Champions couldn't live with us

- The League Managers Association has already come out apologising to Arsene Wenger about his red card yesterday, showing at least someone in a position of authority hasn't shown a complete anti-Arsenal bias lost all sense of sporting perspective

The Bad

- Manuel Almunia is just not good enough: a rush of blood to the head when he needs to be calm cost us the first goal, failing to take the initiative and come for the ball for M*nure's second smacks of timidity. His judgement is all wrong and there are so many better goalkeepers out there

- Abou Diaby showed signs of brilliance when going forward but it's his inability to keep alert for 90 minutes that raise such questions about his long-term capabilities. His calamitous own-goal was so unnneccessary and smacked of a player with his mind temporarily somewhere else

- I couldn't believe my eyes watching Denilson jog back without a care in the world when M*nure broke. Where was the determination and esperation to help protect his defence?

- SOMEONE PLEASE give Gael Clichy lessons in crossing the ball. With his concentration lapses near our box yesterday and inability to cross, I'm beginning to wonder whether he shouldn't drop down the pecking order forthwith

- Did you notice how much space and opportunity M*nre got on the left? I'd have thought that with Manu Eboue to cover for Bacary Sagna, we'd have neutralised the 'threat' of Valencia, but we didn't close the opposition down enough on the flanks and that gave them more opportunity than they deserved

The Ugly

- If Mike Dean thinks Arsenal played badly enough to warrant six yellow cards (and a fine) or that Arsene Wenger deserved to be sent off, he really needs to be struck off now. Refusing to give Arsenal a penalty for Fletcher's lunge on Arshavin was unbelievable. One of the worst refereeing displays I've seen in years

- In a week of such diving controversy, Manu Eboue's theatrics, despicable at the best of times, could not have been more badly-timed in the light of Eduardo-gate

- We fell apart after Diaby's mistake. Eduardo should have come on immediately and we should have remained calm and played around M*nure, as we'd shownwe could in spells earlier in the game. Instead, we panicked and caused few scares apart from RvP's 'goal'

- Patrice Evra. Enough said.