"If you play tennis tomorrow, you lose against Nadal, you can still say you are a good player."
Roger Federer might be comforted by Wenger's words but the fact is that he still lost and lost not because he played badly, he just came up against a more relentless player.
We would have no problems if Arsenal had done what Federer did, play a good game, and still lost. It was the abjectness of their defeats which have been so disquieting.
Wenger knows this. It has been a bitter end to the season and fans have reacted strongly. It is a bit fallacious to say that Man Utd's resources cannot be matched. This is not a David vs Goliath situation. Arsenal has the money but the conscious game plan has been to spend it on young and relatively inexperienced talent. It has worked superbly to a level just below the best but the last few matches have proved that it is not enough.