When Leicester lost to Harlequins at Welford Road last October, the day England were knocked out of the World Cup, they were one off the bottom of the Premiership, two points ahead of Newcastle having played a game more.
Once the misery of watching a promising 9-0 half-time lead evaporate into a three-try defeat has passed, Wasps will be satisfied with the bonus point they take from this game.
Richard Scudamore, BSkyB and possibly the Manchester City hierarchy would have enjoyed this spectacular.
It was part rallying cry, part damning analysis.
Arsène Wenger called it right.
This was a tale of two clubs in the grip of opposing fields of end-of-season gravity: one for whom the season appears to have gone on too long; the other for whom it may yet end a little too soon.
Ruud Gullit was unimpressed.