Tough to get used to that for the 2nd year in a row they are out of the title race so early, when you consider that since Wenger took over in
They have shown in beating ManUtd at Old Trafford and destroying Liverpool that they are capable of outplaying and beating anyone in a one-off, so the FA Cup and Champions League are still very much in play. Of course they have to get a result next week at Porto in their final grouop stage match to get through to the knock-out stage of that competition, which will be the defining match of the season until the spring run in, since the CL has a layoff until said knock out stage starts in February. Making it or crashing out will have a huge impact on the team's mentality going forward as the middle of the season plays out.
Speaking of the huge CL match next week, an aside- most people are bitching about this because Th14 picked up a yellow last week against Hamburg, so because of the card accumulation rule he misses the huge match away to Porto. I think the bigger point is: forget the wrongful yellow card for a presumed intentional handball that never touched his hand- the more critical ramification of that horrible horrible call is that the perfectly legitimate goal was disallowed, giving CSKA 3 points and Arsenal none when they both should have gotten 1 point each. My point is that the table is currently Arsenal 10 pts, Porto 10 pts, CSKA 8 pts, and Arsenal need a result away to the 2004 Champions League Champions to assure qualification, when the standings should be Arsenal 11 pts, Porto 10 pts, CSKA 6 pts, and Arsenal should already be through to the knockout stage and next's weeks match would be little more than a training session. To me that is the bigger woulda/coulda/shoulda lamentation than TH14 missing the Porto match.
Final CL thought - amazing to think that it is completely possible that last year's champions (Barca) and runners up (Arsenal) may both crash out of this year's CL in the group stage. Barca must beat Werder Bremen outright or they are done, and Arsenal must get a draw at Porto (unless CSKA draw or lose to bottom dwellers Hamburg, then they are through even with a loss).