Arsenal hammered archrivals Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 at the Emirates, the same scoreline as last season, with Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott all scoring.
However, the final scoreline only tells a partial story.
Spurs dominated the opening proceedings and deservedly took the lead when Emmanuel Adebayor latched onto Jermain Defoe's saved shot after Wojciech Szczesny had failed to deal with it properly.
The away side then had chances to extend their lead, but poor finishing from the likes of Aaron Lennon left the Gunners with a glimmer of hope of getting back into the game.
That glimmer turned into a full-blown spotlight in the 19th minute when Adebayor was deservedly sent off for a ridiculously high two-footed challenge on Santi Cazorla.
From there the momentum completely shifted, and when Per Mertesacker equalised just five minutes after the red card, there was always only going to be one winner.
Two quick-fire goals in the space of three minutes at the end of the first half by Lukas Podolski and then Olivier Giroud put the Gunners 3-1 up and effectively ended the game as a contest.
Bravely, Andre Villas-Boas changed his team's shape for the second half.
Once again, Spurs looked the far better side in the opening period as their slick passing and Arsenal's inconsistency contributed to make the 10-man away side look like the better team.
However, that possessive advantage was well and truly ended when Cazorla fired in the home side's fourth goal of the game on the hour mark.
Gareth Bale did bring some respectability to Tottenham's efforts with a consolation goal only for Theo Walcott to make sure it would be another miserable trip to the Emirates when he slotted home Arsenal's fifth goal of the game.
In doing so, the England winger's goal equalled the scoreline from the same fixture last season.
Both managers will take positives from the game.
Spurs, for their good play with 11 men on the pitch and for their good start to the second half. While nobody would blame the Portuguese for the 5-2 mauling, especially with Adebayor being sent off, his position as manager is beginning to look untenable to certain factions of Spurs fans. Unless results pick up, he will find himself under intense pressure very quickly.
Arsene Wenger will obviously be happy with the end result, but he will be more than aware that this game represents their entire season so far across 90 minutes.
When on top, his team was irrepressible, but when the away side was dominating his side, they seemed afraid of the occasion and unsure of what to do.
Both men have much to do, but Wenger seems far closer to success than Villas-Boas at this stage of their two teams' development.