But what underscored all of my thoughts was that Arsenal probably could have won this competition: the two finalists went out of the Champions League at the Group Stage; the 3rd placed team in our group made the semi-finals.
Yet, for all Shakhtar's joy at lifting the trophy, the post-match comments of their manager tell you everything you need to know:
"We have bigger aims. We now want to do things in the Champions League: Reach the quarterfinals, maybe the semi-finals." - Mircea Lucesu
To paraphrase: "I'm pleased to win the Uefa Cup but progressing by a few rounds in the Champions League would be a far greater feat".
Essentially, this reflects how lifting a trophy isn't everything; it has to be the right trophy - if Arsenal won the Carling Cup next season, it wouldn't prove anything.
But clearly, our achievement in reaching the Champions League semi-final is greater than winning the Uefa Cup.
Perhaps some perspective is necessary after all.
Keep the faith,
(Lets make some noise on Sunday and show these players why they should stay at The Arsenal...)