As the final whistle blew at the Emirates to bring a close to yet another defeat for Newcastle United, there was a very real thought of 'was that really Steve Bruce taking his side back to basics.'
That's what the head coach promised to do, telling reporters that he would get the basics done right and yet if you analyse any of Arsenal's three goals, there's an argument that the basics of this beautiful game failed Newcastle United in the build-up to each of them.
For the first, Jonjo Shelvey's corner - not the first of the game - hit the first man and Arsenal countered, finishing the move with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang firing past Karl Darlow.
Ten minutes later, Bukayo Saka - the 19-year-old who ran the show on the night - was able to tap home from inside the United box, untracked and unmarked. That was followed by Aubameyang's second, the striker again finding too much time and space to pass into the net.
If this was Bruce taking the side back to basics, then Aston Villa are going to have a field day on Saturday.
Bruce spoke of gloves off - and made eight changes to the side beaten off Sheffield United - but in truth, the Magpies didn't lay a finger, let alone a glove on Arsenal.
In the first half, there was an improvement to what went on at Bramall Lane but again Darlow was called upon to keep the scores level at the interval - reacting well to a deflected Aubameyang deflected cross.
The Magpies looked better defensively but the quality levels were so low against Sheffield United that it would have been hard not to muster something better - even if it isn't the level that might keep them in the league.
But with that improvement at the back, the Magpies despite having two up-front with Andy Carroll and Callum Wilson, failed to test Bern Leno - and again the lack of creativity raised its ugly head.
In the first half, with Carroll's heading ability, only ONE accurate cross was put in.
Jacob Murphy being introduced for Carroll in the 69th minute raised eyebrows, a striker lacking service replaced by the winger who could provide it was the general consensus, reaffirming the issue.
Before Jacob Murphy was introduced for Carroll in the 69th minute, that one cross from Jamal Lewis remained the only accurate one out of nine attempted.
In the end, the Magpies finished the game with just 11 attempted crosses, and Lewis' attempt remaining the only one to hit, it so memorable that neither BBC nor Sky Sports picked up in their live text runs of the game.
Newcastle now have only scored one goal in the last eight, and if the hierarchy are really thinking the side is safe from the drop - then they need to look again.
Steve Bruce vowed to do it 'my way', maybe in the next presser he'll tell reporters 'the best is yet to come' - because we certainly haven't seen it yet.