Republic boss O'Neill has turned to Arter for both games against the Austrians in the current campaign, a 1-0 win in Vienna and a 1-1 draw at Lansdowne Road, and could do once again with James McCarthy and Jeff Hendrick both missing for Saturday's Group D clash with Georgia in Tbilisi.
They levelled 11 minutes before the break through Valeri Kazaishvili and enjoyed much the better of the game for long periods, but ultimately ended it still awaiting their first Group D victory.
Georgia's Nika Kvekveskiri forced a save out of Darren Randolph from distance but in the final minute of the first half, Duffy saw a header saved by Makaridze after getting on the end of a Robbie Brady corner.
The reporter was tasked with asking Ireland manager Martin O'Neill why his team had played so terribly.
Ireland might have retaken the lead had Long managed to make the most of a rare opportunity when he rose unmarked to get his head to Christie's 69th-minute cross, but could only land his effort on the roof of the net.
But Georgia dominated possession and took control of the game before Valeri Qazaishvili equalised after 34 minutes with a goal that seemed to knock the stuffing out of Ireland.
The visitors broke the deadlock after just four minutes at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena through Shane Duffy.
"In a way, we have to go and win the game, they might have a different game-plan where they can afford a draw so it might suit us".
"All around we weren't good enough: our passing, our energy, our defending, our finishing. We have been in situations before where we have had to bounce back, so hopefully we can all recover quickly, get the bodies right and put in a much better performance on Tuesday".
So, O'Donoghue has to put the tough questions to them at tough times and he can't win because, if he asks them, the squad are unhappy. "We wanted to hold onto the lead but you can't hold on against technically good players".
Harry Arter held his hands up and admitted his own performance in Tbilisi simply hadn't been what he had hoped for but, like his manager, the Bournemouth suggested that Ireland can pick themselves up to earn the win they so desperately want against Serbia on Tuesday night.
"We've got to play some football and it's probably more important because of these conditions that we use possession well and we don't just keep kicking it long and kicking it away to the Georgian team and giving them a chance to come at us and attack us with the ball".
Goalscorer Duffy felt the result had taken the gloss off his first strike for Ireland.
"We were better in the second half but we're bitterly disappointed".
"They're a lot better than what people think when you look at their results through the group". We need to do better because we are up against a talented side in Serbia on Tuesday.