Well, that was utterly predictable, wasn't it? Tottenham's latest derby joy over local rivals Arsenal may not have been elementary in the making, but to look at the 2-1 scoreline after the event was hardly to suffer an Earth-shattering shock.
Their position in the table - 15th as we enter the international break at the start of October - should certainly have alarm bells ringing, however.
It's not as if Spurs were even that good - certainly not on the same level as their second-half evisceration of the Gunners last November when they came from two goals down at half-time at the Emirates to win 3-2. Rather, it was Arsenal who were once again architects of their own downfall.
Dominating the play for large parts of the 149th league meeting between these two clubs since the first in 1909, Arsenal were guilty of not converting their favourable possession share into goals.
Sound familiar? If that doesn't ring any bells, try this on for size and see if it fits: With 17 minutes remaining, Arsenal dozed off and let Sandro run free down the left channel to meet a throw-in. They scrambled the initial effort clear but then allowed Kyle Walker all the time he wanted to line up a shot from 30 yards. Walker accepted such generosity with relish, hitting a swerving low strike past Wojciech Szczesny for his first Tottenham goal. To singularly blame Arsenal's Polish goalkeeper - who was otherwise excellent - for that winning goal would be to ignore the collective failing of the Gunners.
A combination of players who have presided over Arsenal's current malaise and the new faces yet to deliver on their brief of dragging them out of it helped Spurs to their derby win in their last four league meetings.
Sure, Arsenal were suffering from a string of injuries among their defensive ranks - exacerbated still further with the news that Bacary Sagna will be out until the New Year - but Alex Song's presence at centre-back and subsequent absence from midfield cannot excuse the total dereliction of duty from those in red at White Hart Lane. Arsenal's players freezing at the vital moment has all the hallamrks of a team lacking leadership and drive. Again, does that sound familiar?
Scott Parker already looks an absolute snip at £5 million for Tottenham. The England international has slotted right into the Spurs team and looks as though he has been in that destructive role for years. How Arsenal could have done with signing him this summer, and if they had acted early in the transfer window they probably could have got him, too. But their inactivity in the transfer window will not have surprised anyone.
And, while there would never be any possibility of them re-signing Emmanuel Adebayor, the big striker was just the sort of player they could do with up front to help relieve some of the goal-scoring burden from Robin van Persie.
Instead, Adebayor was treated to some truly sickening chants from sections of the visiting support relating to the terrorist attack on the Togo squad's team bus in Angola in January of last year. Sadly, it is not just Arsenal's faltering players, but football fans in general who can be painfully predictable.
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Another 34 goals flew in at the weekend, continuing the Premier League's goal-crazy start to the season.
Already the ball has hit the net 193 times - which is surely great news for fans of exciting football. Right?
Why? Because the number of lopsided scorelines has gone through the roof.
Already 10 games this season have been settled by four or more goals - at the same point last season it was only five.
The games are as follows:
QPR 0-4 Bolton
Man City 4-0 Swansea
Tottenham 1-5 Man City
Man Utd 8-2 Arsenal
Bolton 0-5 Man Utd
Tottenham 4-0 Liverpool
Sunderland 4-0 Stoke
Blackburn 0-4 Man City
Bolton 1-5 Chelsea
Fulham 6-0 QPR
These matches have supplied 27.5 per cent of the Premier League's goals, but precious little excitement unless your idea of fun is watching a grizzly bear beat up a dormouse for an hour and a half.
Take the weekend's action. Fulham fans will have enjoyed their 6-0 monstering of QPR, but few casual observers would have maintained their interest beyond half-time.
Chelsea were four up by the break against Bolton, having killed the game stone dead early on - only Manchester City kept things interesting by plundering all four of their goals in the second half.
It's not an issue of competitive balance - rather improbably Bolton, Sunderland and Fulham have all found themselves dishing out cruel and unusual punishment this season.
But either teams are getting more ruthless in pressing home their advantage, or defending is getting even more shambolic.
So, how to maintain interest when the result is beyond doubt?
ED has the perfect way to ensure every goal counts, and that teams get fair reward for thrashing the pants off their victims.
Scrap points, and let the table be decided entirely on goal difference.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "He refused to shake my hand. He says he didn't see or hear me, but he's two bob, he is." Clive Allen delves into the archives and emerges with a pre-decimalisation description of Arsene Wenger. One for cockney rhyming slang fans.
FOREIGN VIEW: Adel Taarabt has been recalled to Morocco's squad three months after he walked out on the team and vowed never to play international football again.
The French-born Queen's Park Rangers midfielder is part of a 24-man squad named by coach Eric Gerets for the decisive African Nations Cup qualifier against Tanzania in Marrakesh next Saturday.
Taarabt, whose reputation for histrionics often matches his individualistic skills, walked out on the team after being named as a substitute for June's qualifier in Marrakesh when Morocco beat neighbours Algeria 4-0.
At the time he said he ever never wanted to play international football again, "with or without Eric Gerets".
But the Belgian-born coach says Taarabt should be given a second chance.
"I do not want to kill off the international career of a 22-year-old. When I was young,I also made mistakes," Gerets told France Football.
Taarabt had apologised for storming out of the camp just days after the incident, but was still left out for two subsequent internationals before this recall.