For international football, the conclusion to be drawn from finding 11,809 people turning out to watch a cheap game featuring Gareth Bale in any way encouraging is not a promising one. With clubs long since deserting national sides and players following suit, even the fans have now begun to abandon it too.
It is a long season, and Spurs' new-found strength in depth gives them every chance of achieving the Champions League qualification they patently crave. But Arsenal's confident strides towards the summit of the Premier League, whilst potential title rivals stumble around them, act as a taste of vindication for Wenger.
Making sense of Arsenal's transfer window takes some doing. The late purchase of Mesut Ozil sparked scenes of delirium outside the Emirates, among the first team squad and on social networks. Rightly so too, you can make a good argument that Wenger has never signed a player of such a standing in the world game before - rather than becoming top class whilst at Arsenal, he's already there.