Mikel Arteta was seven minutes plus stoppage time from victory and what a delicious moment of triumph it would have been for the new boss in his first home game.
One, surely, which would galvanise Arsenal, replenish the confidence tanks and help a beleaguered squad of players reconnect with the disillusioned masses.
Then Bernd Leno decided to vacate his goal in an attempt to punch clear a high free-kick from Mason Mount and relieve the pressure which had been building on his makeshift defence.
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