Caretaker boss Keith Millen had nothing but praise for his group of players selected for this opening day encounter at The Emirates.
"I am proud of the players, of the performance, but am disappointed not to get something which we deserved. When you think what the players have been through in the last couple of days, you are never quite sure how they are going to respond to Tony leaving.
"We said to them before the game 'make sure there are no excuses' because I didn't want to have to stand up for them and say their heads weren't right to do a job because of what's happened."
Having declared last time around that the timing wasn't right for him to go for the job, he showed more interest post match for the current vacancy.
"Would I like it to be my last game? No, I would like to continue. I enjoy being in charge. Whether it's the right time or not, I will speak to the chairman tomorrow.
"In the last two days the chairman has not had a chance to speak to the players, he's not spoken to me about what his ideas are going forward, I just said 'let's focus on today's game'.
"On Monday I am sure there will be some more conversations. The players need to know which direction the club is going. Hopefully at the start of the week there will be some more answers.
"If the chairman felt it was right for me I would sit down and talk to him about it. I like working at this club and I certainly enjoy working with the players because they are a good honest group that works hard for you. They respect my decisions."
With the transfer window closing at the end of the month time is short when it comes to decisions being made if the new boss is to be appointed in time to have an influence on transfers.
"We have identified all summer the areas we need to strengthen but for whatever reason it's not happened,
"Tony knew what players he wanted and the club do. The new manager who comes in, in two weeks he's got to know which players he wants. It's not ideal if a club chooses them - you need a manager to choose new players."