Arteta and his staff can consider this first leg something of a let-off but it's a courtesy they won't be afforded again. Play like this next week and it's season over.
VAR calls happen with such frequency now that scoring a goal is essentially a 50/50 for this team. Once the ball crosses the line, it's anyone's guess as to whether it will be allowed.
having toiled long and hard to earn even that meagre breakthrough, we threw it away in a manner it seems only this side is capable of.
If last night's defeat was a price we had to pay to learn a lesson for good and all, it will be one worth paying.
Ultimately, we made it through to the next round and much will pale into insignificance but our decision-making is an issue that will need to be addressed before a Greek drama turns into a real tragedy.
Defeat to Manchester City isn't the end of the world but the Gunners are walking a fine line right now
Will Mikel Arteta chose with his head or his heart for the match against Manchester City?
Who are Benfica and how are they doing in the Portuguese league?
After radio silence for a month or so, is this the Balogun update we've all been waiting for?
Was Mikel Arteta's gamble the right one against Southampton?