For the world of football fandom the urge to make light of Arsenal’s achievements in beating Chelsea to win the Community Shield is virtually impossible to resist.
The Gunners had been back in training for a week before the Premier League champions, who were lacking the considerable force of Diego Costa up front.
Opposition manager Jose Mourinho said his men had lost to “a team that defends very well, a team that leaves their philosophy in the dressing-room… that accumulates 10 players behind the ball.”
But in that back-handed compliment lies the seeds of a reason to, if not get carried away, then at least dial down the cynicism regarding the 4/1 about Arsenal ending their 12-season wait for another Premier League title.
So often Arsene Wenger’s side have seemed unwilling to sacrifice their commitment to attacking football, suffering at the hands of their more pragmatic rivals as a result.
No foe has exemplified the importance of pragmatism in recent campaigns more than Chelsea, yet at Wembley it was the Gunners who got their noses in front and killed the game for long periods.
“In some parts during the game, we tried just to protect our lead,” Wenger told the press.
“You could see that my team was really determined not to give a goal away and sometimes the defensive part took over our offensive potential.”
True, Chelsea did spurn some very presentable chances as they went in pursuit of an equaliser, but the game still represented a huge psychological boost for Arsenal.
In beating a Mourinho-managed Blues side for the first time in 14 attempts Wenger has been ridden of a deeply embarrassing hoodoo.
That the Frenchman’s Gunners did so by taking a leaf out of the dual Champions League-winning manager’s book suggests that the victory has the potential to be more than a flash in the pan.
Alexis Sanchez, who was only due back at the club today after the Copa America, must be licking his lips for the season ahead.