One of the first things the TV pundits said after watching Arsenal put in an amazing performance to take Manchester United apart with surgical skill was to ask whether this result would send a big message to our Premier League rivals and I think we are all agreed that this is exactly what we did.
However, it will be a message that is soon forgotten if Arsenal do not keep repeating it. Gunners legend Thierry Henry suggested as much and was reluctant to get too excited even though he was clearly delighted with the way Arsenal played.
Graeme Souness was even blunter and said that it was a concern that Theo Walcott had said after the match that the desire and intent from the team came about as a response to the midweek defeat by Olympiacos and he is right. Arsene Wenger needs to find a way to get his players to produce that amount, or at least close it, of intensity week after week.
I think he can and I think that the penny has finally dropped with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott. If I am right, could that Champions League loss be the pivotal point in our season?