Arsenal are becoming used to bidding the Champions League farewell at the round-of-16 stage, having done so in each of the last five campaigns.
There is one positive that can be taken from their solidifying status as first knockout round hurdle fallers in Europe’s elite competition.
Namely, that they have got steadily better and better at not letting the disappointment prove detrimental to their Premier League points pillaging over the remainder of the season.
The first of their quintet of round-of-16 KO’s came at the hands of Barcelona in 2010/11 and was followed by what looks like a serious slump by their own subsequent standards.
They exited the FA Cup in the very next outing and won just two of their remaining ten Premier League games.
Draws were initially the order of the day, but by the end of the season they’d lost three of their last five fixtures.
When the Gunners narrowly failed to overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit against AC Milan in 2011/12 they’d already developed a greater degree of ‘bouncebackability’.
Arsene Wenger’s side won five of their next six league games and when their end of season tail off came it was with three draws in their last four fixtures.
By the time the first of their successive exits to FC Bayern Munchen was inked into the history books Arsenal were becoming past masters of the post Champions League exit upward trajectory.
They won eight of their remaining ten games; drawing the other two to squeak into the qualifying places for the 2013/14 competition by a single point.
Last season they again responded to being felled in Europe with some solid end-of-season numbers and this time peaked as the campaign reached its crescendo.
The joys of winning the north London derby at White Hart Lane in their very next game were tempered by a 0-6 home battering at the hands of Chelsea in the following fixture and a three game winless run followed.
However, the Gunners were still in the FA Cup and booked their place in the final before winning their final five league games in succession.
Ending their ten-year silverware drought at Wembley was the cherry on top.
Nine Premier League games remain after their most disappointing round-of-16 exit yet and another such surge this term could see them throw down the title gauntlet to a faltering Chelsea side currently seven points clear of them in the standings.
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