In truth, I was enjoying a visit to a dear friend at the time, and completely forgot that the 2nd leg of the Champions' League tie was actually being played.
Hearing the news this morning that Arsenal had failed to achieve a win or even a draw on the night, and had in fact been humilated once more and in fact lost the game 1-5 (aggregate 2-10) was enough for this fan to think that the time has come for changes at the Emirates.
I absolutely respect Arsene Wenger and what he has steered my football club to and for the healthy state the club is in, but I have serious worries about what will happen in the near future in London N5.
Surely Wenger's position is now untenable and his time has come to move on.
He defends the players that he has chosen and blamed the refereeing.
I counter this simply by stating that the team of Invincibles, or any team of his successful squads had a spine of steel - running from the goalkeeper, through the defence to the midfield. They would not roll over until the final whistle.
His teams of the last 5 years have been soft- centred, with no leader of any note for the last few years (except Alexis Sanchez, who must be be a very frustrated man as he seems to be the only player with anything like a winning mentality).
Sadly, as the placard being waved at the game said:
"Every great story has an end".
14 March - A week has passed by now, Arsenal have secured a place in the FA Cup Semi Final, but sadly my view has not changed even though I am not as angry now !
My concern is essentially that someone needs to take over Wenger's position, but I really do not see any one worthy of doing that on the horizon.
The Arsenal board needs to address the nurturing and grooming of someone who the reins can be passed to when the inevitable happens and the Professor calls it a day.
In other news ---
After a restoring and warming latte or two in the Shakespeare pub near Holborn, we hopped on a bus to the City and checked out Leadenhall Market in the City which Jenny had not seen in the flesh (only as it featured in a scene in one of the Harry Potter films).
All in all, it was a very enjoyable 16,500 steps.
The following day, we had a steady and fairly lazy day, and for me, a slightly frustrating attempt at finding the Pooh Sticks Bridge near Hartfield on the Ashdown Forest. We got close, but it resulted in a failure this time.
By chance, the route took us past Coleman's Hatch church, so we stopped off and paid respects to Pip Round, an old family friend of mine.
A breakfast at the Wetherspoon's pub at Victoria Station set us up and off we went.
I loved the Science Museum as a kid, (and still do) but I have not visited with 7 year old since James and Chris were young.
My friend and I enjoyed what we saw, but I was left more than a little surprised that my 7 year old friend got bored very quickly.
This is not a criticism of her at all, because I do think that some of the themes in some of the exhibits around the museum are just too big for young visitors to take on board.
The interactive sections are fine, but need a youngster and parent to stand and use a screen and answer questions to get responses.
Personally, I think that this is hard on both the child and adult.
The museum do not seem to realise this !
Order and enjoyment was restored after a drink and snack in the basement and a look around an old school exhibition of household appliances - comprising many buttons to press and handles to crank. This pretty much got the joy back in the enjoyment aspect of the visit!
In the early afternoon, we strolled past the Royal Albert Hall and Albert Memorial to the Diana Princess of Wales Playground in Kensington Gardens. This was bigger and better than I thought it might be and very good.
Another couple of bus rides and dinner at Frankie and Benny's in the Strand ended another very enjoyable day out.
A lovely day.
So now, Dear Reader, we are up to date, so I shall wish you farewell and get to my lunch.
Pip, pip !!