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You either win or you learn. That’s what Mikel Arteta will be banking on.

The instant pain of an injury time loss can be hard to shake off. Arsenal don’t have that luxury, of course - they welcome Newcastle to the Emirates on Sunday.

But when the dust settles from their last-gasp defeat here in Portugal on Wednesday, Arsenal’s players will head into the second leg against Porto safe in knowledge that they have more than enough in their armoury to win by at least two clear goals.

Indeed, there are learnings to be heeded from their loss at the Estadio do Dragao to make that task easier.

To be a success in Europe, you have to suffer nights like this.

Nights when inferior opposition use every trick in the book to somehow gain the upper hand.

Arsenal suffered a 1-0 defeat by Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday night 

Mikel Arteta's young side now have it all to do when they welcome the Portuguese side to the Emirates on March 12

Galeno curled a stunning long-range effort into the back of the net in the fourth minute of injury time

Galeno curled a stunning long-range effort into the back of the net in the fourth minute of injury time

Porto knew they couldn’t fight fire with fire against Arsenal. Arteta’s side would have blown them away.

So they niggled, they fouled, they disrupted. And they won.

‘That’s the context of the game,’ explained Arteta when asked about the Porto’s persistent fouling.

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