Alas, that a late, late flurry from West Ham should deny us a dramatic last day shoot-out.
While our own season may be something of a smouldering ruin, there is life enough left in it that we might be able to cause problems for others
We can argue for days and days about this missed chance, that missed chance or whether we got what we deserved from this game of that. It doesn't matter.
In the end, it turned out to be one of Arsenal's best performances of the season. No ifs, no buts, they were excellent from start to finish and were full value for the win.
VAR calls happen with such frequency now that scoring a goal is essentially a 50/50 for this team. Once the ball crosses the line, it's anyone's guess as to whether it will be allowed.
The reality is that we only managed a point. It wasn't the best performance you'll ever see from an Arsenal side but it wasn't especially bad. It was very much a performance that reflects not only our season but also our current situation with injuries and the European focus.
Have we taken a step forward or a step back?
Somehow, it always feels like we are playing football and juggling venomous snakes at the same time.
If nothing else, the run of fixtures we have between now and the end of the season could provide us with some much-needed answers.
If last night's defeat was a price we had to pay to learn a lesson for good and all, it will be one worth paying.