Two months was all that it took for the annual Arsenal injury crisis to take hold.
As if a distinctly underwhelming start to proceedings wasn’t enough to contend with, the Gunners will have to do without a raft of first-team players for the visit of Hull when Premier League action resumes.
Just two wins are all Arsene Wenger’s side have been able to accumulate from their opening seven league outings.
This has left them nine points behind London rivals Chelsea in the title race.
Anything but maximum points when Arsenal take on the Tigers next will be a disaster, although odds of 2/5 say they’ll have no trouble snaring the spoils.
A concoction of humdrum form and an arm-length list of absentees, however, debate how this price a little on the short side, which may prompt punters in the direction of Hull’s 37/20 to avoid defeat at the Emirates.
Key men Laurent Koscielny, Danny Welbeck and Mikel Arteta are rated as doubtful for the fixture, while Mesut Ozil, Mathieu Debuchy, Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud and David Ospina are definitely out of contention.
Long-term casualties Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry are deemed to lack the match fitness to feature, while perennially sidelined Abou Diaby is also in rehab.
So how are the north Londoners likely to line up for this all-important Hull clash?
With his understudy confined to the over-crowded sick bay, Wojciech Szczesny remains peerless in goal.
English duo Kieran Gibbs and Calum Chambers will be deployed in the left and right-back berths.
In a completely predictable, but no less hilarious twist, Wenger’s refusal to recruit additional centre-back cover means Nacho Monreal may have to deputise if Koscielny is out, meaning Per Mertesacker is likely going to have to the job of two men at the heart of defence.
It’s a good job he’s quick across the ground then…oh, wait…
Mathieu Flamini will continue as a substandard anchorman, with Jack Wilshere guaranteed to play in one of the more advanced midfield roles.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Santi Cazorla will be stationed next to him, with the one who doesn’t make the grade moving to the flank.
If Welbeck doesn’t recover, Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell will compete for the final spot in the side, alternating between the left wing and centre-forward position with Alexis Sanchez.
It’s quite the mishmash of a team and one that’s impossible to place complete faith in of seeing off Hull so don’t be scared of the visitors’ double chance odds.