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.
No matter how hard it is for you to accept, Arsenal is a bit weakened without the charismatic presence of the wonder-man Cesc Fabregas.
And now Samir Nasri is about to leave, as per latest transfer rumors, to the cash-rich giants Manchester City.
Emmanuel Eboue left already, and maybe a move for Nicklas Bendtner is in the cards.
Arsenal will seriously miss the experience of these players, and it is not going to be easy for the Gunners unless they buy replacements properly.
With cannonballs going, what are you going to gun with?
Arsenal is going to be listed on the top of the list where players remain injured for most of season, or during their tenure.
Is there a lack of proper training practices, good fitness staff or Wenger's scouting policy? That remains unclear. But Arsenal suffers badly for their injuries.
While Thomas Vermaelen—who sat nearly all of last term with injury—came up fit, Laurent Koscielny seems to have a back injury now. Kieran Gibbs is also injured for the time being. Theo Walcott, now running well, is a top name to get injured after three or four games.
And the list goes on.
Arsene Wenger needs to check his visionary power.
Undoubtedly with one of the best scouting networks, the manager knows to bring in talents at a very tender age and develop them to be good, even great players.
But does that process not take time? And by the time the player is playing great for the team, he feels frustrated by lack of trophies and improvement, and migrates to bigger and successful teams.
Arsenal is not a youth academy to develop and nurture talents. That only sounds good when you have secured your present condition as well.
Hypermetropia refers to the disorder in human eye where we tend to have problem seeing things that are close to our eye. Arsenal cannot see its trophy-less drought at present. Instead, Wenger is focused on nurturing children to adulthood, which may not have a value until after four or five years.
Forgetting current objectives, eh?
Arsenal board is happy with Wenger as long as he makes profits. But is that what has been the aim of one of the greatest footballing sides of the world?
You see Carlo Ancelotti fired at being second with Chelsea. That may be one of the harshest decisions made by an impatient Chelsea Management, but keeping a manager for years with increasingly falling standards of the team shows stupidity.
What has become of the Arsenal fans? When they can shout and yell with requests for Samir Nasri to stay, why not come up with ultimatum against their manager?
How long will they say "In Wenger we trust?" If the chant continues, sorry then, it is not the Arsenal we had known.
Arsene Wenger only knows what he wants to do with all the sale money of his star players. The last players bought at Arsenal with so-called expensive sums were Andrey Arshavin and Samir Nasri.
Wenger is remaining only casually active in this transfer season, also. Even though linked with big names like Juan Mata and the like, Wenger bought in Chamberlain with his teenage-satisfying policy.
Though the buy of Gervinho is still believed to be good (hope he does not turn out like "hero-to-zero" Maroune Chamakh), still Arsenal strongly needed reinforcements in midfield and defense especially. At least one or two good players with experience would have brought a stability in Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger may be the favorite to the Arsenal board saving all money for the club, but he is not actually good news for the club and the supporters.