A new regime brings with it different rules and parameters, and after more than two decades with the same furniture and fittings - Arsenal and its playing staff will take time to bed in these new methods coming from Unai Emery and his coaching setup.
The Spaniard’s first match ended in a loss at the hands of champions Manchester City, and there was an air of disappointment that the optimism for this fresh approach did not follow on in the form of a winning display - but patience is key.
Emery is known to favour a pressing game, ill at odds with the approach used by Wenger in the majority. The Spanish coach also wants his players to be as fit as possible to maintain this push on the pitch for the duration of the game, rather than fits and bursts.
While City comfortably defeated us, you could see the seeds of what Emery is attempting to put in place. Our pressing game did not show for 90 minutes, but in the instances when we did act out our harassing of City, we forced their hand and they made errors. These were not capitalised on so they were not highlighted, but we did cause them some worry.
Perhaps the three in midfield was not the answer. Perhaps Torreira should have played rather than Xhaka, who still seems to be struggling for a definition to his role.
There were plenty of questions we are still left with, but the players who may have been coasting in the Wenger era, will be pushed harder now, and we can coax that extra ten percent out of them that makes a big difference in a season.
We have recruited wisely and most importantly, in the centre of midfield - a place where we have been bullied too often in the past.
This will take time to put in place and perfect though, and it may take too long to impact this season, at least if we are seeking consistency too.
Change was needed, but the old adage goes; ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ and we certainly weren’t going to reap the benefits of the myriad of changes in Emery’s first game, against the best team in the league.
We still have cause for optimism, but we need to keep in mind that the finest structures took time to build. Even our famous back five took two years before it started to shut teams out.
Until then, we need to back them to the hilt. Keep the faith.
Our next game is another difficult one, away to Chelsea - and another new boss in Mauricio Sarri.
With both of these men acclimatising to their new roles, this is probably a better gauge of where we are currently.