Mixed reaction to the 3-0 hammering dealt to them by a Sam Allardyce team.
Arsenal may have failed in the opportunity to head into the international break with a two-point cushion atop the Premier League due to being held 1-1 by West Bromwich Albion but, as they still share the leadership at the summit of the division, the Gunners still found reason to rejoice as bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur slumped to a 3-0 defeat by West Ham United.
Hammers manager Sam Allardyce has since claimed that his tactical shift foiled his managerial counterpart, Andre Villas-Boas, on Sunday at White Hart Lane. He told Sky Sports: 'We thought we would drop the front man out and play more attacking players from midfield, with players from deep running forward.
'The two wide men in Vaz Te and Stewart Downing would run inside, meaning the centre halves would never quite know who they were coming up against. In the end, the third goal was an opportunity that showed that and worked really well. You try these things, you hope they work, and I said before the game if we got a result it would be great, but if we didn't, I'd probably get slaughtered!'
He added: 'The players made it work, they have taken it on board and executed it brilliantly. In the end, we deserved what we got. It was getting a little desperate for us in terms of points on the board. I was not over concerned with the performance of the players, it was just about them getting a little more professional in front of goal.
'We got that today, we got three different goals. We had a set-piece, we got a bit of luck and then we had a bit of genius.'
The defeat leaves Spurs in sixth-place in the table, with a 13 point haul and three points adrift from fellow North Londoners Arsenal.
While the Hotspur faithful remain loyal to their team, manager and club ethos on Twitter, Arsenal supporters did not hesitate to manipulate images as part of their Sunday schadenfreude.
So we start again, a good wake up call, too many players had an off day together, it happens and we bounce back, too good not to, #COYS— Gavin (@shilly014) October 7, 2013
Things that were confirmed yesterday. Dawson is a weak link. Naughton not good enough. Sandro should start. Defoe shouldn't. #Coys— BA (@Ben_Av) October 7, 2013
The morning after and having to face the fact that we didn't deserve anything yesterday! But thats history now need to move on #COYS— Craig Harden (@Craigtharden) October 7, 2013