Frank Stubbs: A late blow

13/14: Arsenal 2-2 Swansea City - Olivier Giroud

For large chunks of Tuesday's game it looked like being one of those incredibly frustrating nights. In the space of seconds our patience finally paid off and three points were there for the taking. When the ball trickled into our net off Flammer's shins in the final minute of normal time however, it pretty much summed up our last few days.

As fans, overall I think Saturday left us all a bit shocked and the extent of how the previous week's optimism had deteriorated was quite incredible given how well we have done for a large chunk of this season.

Saying that, we all knew it was crucial to bounce back in a similar way to other setbacks we have experienced in this campaign.

We didn't play great in the first half but I've certainly seen far worse performances. Crucially however, we found ourselves behind to our visitors' only attempt on goal. Not what we needed after Saturday.

The second period was better and in 60 mad seconds we turned it around, Poldi weighing in with a goal and an assist.

And as the clock hit 90 minutes it looked like we had at least got that all-important win we all craved. The ball rolling in after it appeared we had dealt with perhaps the final bit of danger was painful to say the least.

So what happens now?

We either sulk and be pessimistic or we roll our sleeves up, stay defiant, be proud to wear that cannon on our chest and get behind the team over the coming weeks.

I know which I'll be doing and that starts with Saturday's visit of Man City.

Come on you mighty reds!



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