Goals win games, of course, but on Saturday it was the defence who took all the plaudits - and rightly so.
If PGMOL really wanted to preserve fluidity of the game, it might have looked at working on its appalling implementation of VAR, which had served only to make the game a sideshow, but, alas, it settled on a re-imagining of 1990s football thuggery instead.
Among the crowds of fellow fans, the tension was more palpable, the mood more on edge, the sense of nervousness more profound.
Seldom has an Arsenal team looked so vulnerable as the one we have seen recently.
The personal travails of the manager aside, he will surely be pleased with the crop of players he now has at his disposal, a group fast-approaching the sort of dynamic, focussed, willing-to-work collection of players he seems to favour. These are a group of young leaders in the making, a young group that seems willing to listen and learn and with the capacity to do so.
Notwithstanding the debilitating absences, our early season exploits have been marred by amateurish defending and impotent attack. That won't do.
The thing about Mikel Arteta's team is that it almost never surprises you...and that's not a compliment
Chelsea have yet to experience proper away crowd hostility and the Gunners faithful must do all it can to make the experience jarring.
It has been a long time since we have seen what amounts to a strategy in our transfer dealings and in our squad building.
We're rubbish and it's going to be a long season...