Jack Wilshere has summoned the spirit of Chelsea to save Arsenal's season.
Even in a week when they pretty much sealed the deal in the Premier League and left Madrid with their Champions League prospects still smelling of roses, there was not an enormous amount of love for Manchester United.
Now Arsène Wenger is dealing in extremes.
The past week had been "a bumpy road" in the Liverpool reign of Brendan Rodgers but respite was waiting at the end in the form of a compliant old friend.
Arsenal attacker Gervinho made his first post-AFCON performance for the club at the weekend. And it was predictably dour.
The Barcelona keeper could be on his way to Arsenal this summer in a move that would be excellent business for the club, but also indicate a loss of confidence in their Polish keeper.
This was the kind of stroll Roberto Mancini must wish for in Manchester City's title defence.
Both have been linked with taking over from Liam Brady as the head of Youth Development at the club in the past week so which would you prefer to see?