The first match saw a red carded Gervinho. The second one saw a red carded Emmanuel Frimpong.
And Arsene Wenger was with hands on head.
Seriously, Arsenal's 2011-12 season began in woes and frustration. On one side, there is a frustration over the manager's silent transfer activities, and on other side there is an accelerated list of players going out of the game, for whatever the reasons may be.
But was this not about to happen to Arsenal? Their increasing rates of mediocrity and nervous breakdowns at the end of last season had become a common phenomenon. This year they seem to defy their "Chokers" tag also, by falling further down in standards.
What really is going wrong at the Emirates? Let us take a look at five serious issues, which if not handled urgently may lead to serious headaches for Arsenal this term.