Alan Pardew perhaps somewhat conveniently, blamed Newcastle's 4-0 capitulation to Manchester City on their gameplan being unsettled by Arsenal's pre-game transfer offer for Yohan Cabaye.
While Newcastle rejected the offer out of hand, the Frenchman was left 'not in the right frame of mind' to participate, throwing Pardew's gameplan out of the window.
So perhaps it is apt, that a former Newcastle man has the opportunity to inflict further pain on Arsenal tonight, as the Gunners visit Fenerbahce in the first leg of a crucial Champions League qualifier.
Step forward Emre Belozoglu, who spent three seasons in the North-East between 2005 and 2008.
The Turkish midfielder is now 32, and has in his career played for some of Europe's top clubs, including Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid. He is now in his second spell at Fenerbahce; they were the side he left Newcastle for, and re-signed for them this summer from Atletico.
He left his last spell under a cloud, having been accused of uttering racial abuse to former Spurs midfielder Didier Zokora, a charge he denied, and in the end was simply handed a two-game ban for 'abusive language.'
His time in La Liga last season saw him make just seven appearances in the division, and now back at Fenerbahce he is enjoying the role of wearing the captain's armband already.
In just one game in the Turkish Super Liga, he has one goal and one assist, and is likely to be a key man if the club are to hold off Arsenal tonight.
Newcastle fans will no doubt remember him fondly for his match-winning free-kick against rivals Sunderland, one of the five Premier League goals he netted in 58 appearances for the club.
His record against Arsenal reads, played four; won one, drawn one, lost two. He will be keen not to see it worsen tonight.
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