Arsenal are benefiting from the talents of Mesut Ozil, while Real Madrid's domestic form illustrates they are a team clearly lacking cohesiveness since selling the German.
Star players Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos were quick to voice their discontent, before club officials from Florentino Perez to Zinedine Zidane questioned the player's desire.
Spanish newspaper Marca, so often referred to as 'Madrid's mouthpiece', itself joined in the negative portrayal of Ozil, but their tune has suddenly changed.
Assistant editor Santiago Segurola has penned an editorial in which he labels the sale of German international Ozil 'an historic error'.
He writes: "The sale of Ozil is an historic error. Real Madrid has got rid of its second best player. He's a 24-year-old player who brought out the best in everyone around him, especially Cristiano Ronaldo."
He went onto describe Gareth Bale as 'one-dimensional' player, a view which is bound to create consternation among fans who have just watched Madrid spend £86 million on the winger.
The views on Ozil are not ones which are unique to Segurola in Spain. Newspaper Sport write: "Money does not always bring happiness.Happiness is elsewhere in England. The Özil nostalgia.
"At the Bernabeu, it showed the lack of the German. That may be the best passer in the world."
The way the tide of public opinion is turning in Spain may be inconsequential for Arsenal, but it is significant for Real Madrid and manager Carlo Ancelotti.
The Italian is facing a big challenge early in his tenure as boss, seen as a safe pair of hands when he took on the job, he is being portrayed as the man who destablised Madrid by marginalising Ozil in this season's early games - causing his desire to leave the club.
It's very simple for him now, win games and silverware and the Ozil talk goes away. Carry on struggling and the more it is going to be pointed out as a moment which defined their season so early on.
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