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 proverbial Fat Lady hasn't quite sung yet for Mikel Arteta but, be under no illusions, she is warming up and awaiting her curtain call.
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
If our problem persist, the only way is down for this side and the only way for the manager is out of the door.
We're rubbish and it's going to be a long season...
Look, it could be worse - at least our players all returned from holiday when instructed.
The more time passes, the greater the task of overhauling this side becomes and the harder it seems to be to get anything done about it.