The miserable facts for Arsenal manager are that his team lost at home on opening day of the Premier League season for the third time in four years. That is all that will consume the Frenchman on Sunday night after an afternoon that threatened to descend in to open supporter rebellion as Liverpool scored four times in sixteen incredible minutes in north London.
From 4-1 down they had led in the first half Arsenal managed to make a game, a crazy game, of it by scoring the game’s final two goals. To lose by the odd goal in seven represented something of an achievement given the state they were in with less than half an hour left. It perhaps saved Wenger from a savaging at full time.
This, though, was helter skelter football from both teams. Neither were able to close the game down once they were in control of it and that may yet prove portentous for clubs that lacked consistency last time around.
Liverpool won the game and will skip north up the M1 with a smile. They will talk about this for a while.
But for Jurgen Klopp and his players, too, there was almost as much to worry about as there was to enjoy on a day that saw Liverpool swing from the sublime to the utterly preposterous.
The bare facts are that Arsenal fielding a central defensive partnership of Calum Chambers and 20-year-old debutant Rob Holding controlled the first half and led through a Theo Walcott goal that came only minute after the same player had missed a penalty.