The plane protest never happened and maybe the result will be enough to change the mood.
You tend to be forgiven for any failings just as long as you beat the arch enemy and that is exactly what happened for Jose Mourinho and Tottenham.
All the pre-match negativity forgotten, Spurs fans had promised to hire a plane with a “Levy Out” banner during the game because they are fed-up with the club’s hierarchy and a frustrating season.
And yet you can always rely on Arsenal’s defensive frailties to do you a favour when you need a result and, for all of the visitors’ positive play and promising signs going forward, they were undone by familiar failings.
Mikel Arteta has a huge rebuilding job on his hands at Arsenal, the previous few positive results have not changed that and it was only highlighted by some fundamental mistakes.
Arsenal boss Arteta will have to change the club’s whole DNA when it comes to defending because they make the same basic errors time and time again.
Whether it is Sead Kolasinac’s sloppy pass or poor marking at a corner, every opponent knows that they will get a chance against Arsenal at some stage in the game.
Tottenham just had to dig in, show resilience and grind out a victory which is exactly what they did. It was not pretty but, rather in keeping with Mourinho’s philosophy, it was effective.
The reality is that these two North London giants are not as good as they used to be and Arteta faces a long term rebuilding job while Mourinho probably needs to deliver results more quickly but at least he has a proven track record.
There is so little to choose between the two teams - Tottenham leapfrogged above Arsenal into eighth - and that says it all as they are both stuck in mid-table mediocrity.
Arsenal should be kicking themselves because Alexandre Lacazette’s 17th minute thunderbolt gave them the lead after Granit Xhaka pounced on Serge Aurier’s sloppy, heavy touch which conceded possession.
But that was in keeping with the game. Kolasinac’s poor pass two minutes later wrong footed David Luiz, he could not recover and in nipped Heung-Min Son, he rounded Emiliano Martinez and then dinked the ball over the Arsenal keeper.
Even without a crowd and no atmosphere, it was still a cracking game. Ben Davies’ 30 yard shot was tipped onto the bar by Martinez who was excellent again in goal for Arsenal.
Dani Ceballos was terrific in midfield, Xhaka hard working and Hector Bellerin back towards his best while Harry Kane looked much sharper and fitter as his influence grew as the game wore on.
Lacazette played in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and he lashed his shot against the crossbar after 59 minutes when he really should have scored. That was Arsenal’s big moment - and their chance to win the game.
From then on, Arsenal began to look increasingly ragged in defence as twice Kane got past Shkodran Mustafi down Tottenham’s left.
Kane did it in the 71st minute, fed Son and then Martinez made a brilliant save at the Tottenham forward’s feet but you could see the home side becoming more dangerous and Arsenal increasingly vulnerable.
The decisive goal came after 81 minutes when Son put over a corner, Arsenal’s zonal marking did not work and Toby Alderweireld’s glancing header beat Martinez and flew into the far corner.
Incredibly, that is now 15 points lost from winning positions since Arteta took charge in December and that only serves to underline that if the Arsenal manager can iron out the mistakes then they will be in a far better position next season.
For Tottenham, it was a huge win for Mourinho, a result to push them towards a European place and that would at least provide some consolation after such an up and down season.