For most groups of supporters, confirmation that their club had signed a teenage youth international for around £12 million, beating two of their rivals to the punch in the progress, would be cause for celebration.
But then again, Arsenal fans are not most groups of supporters. Early Doors would hasten to remind you that only nine days ago they booed their side off after having the nerve to draw a pre-season friendly.
Though it is important to point out that many are rightly delighted by the news that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be joining the club from Southampton, there are others who see the signing of another midfielder-cum-forward, and a young one at that, as at best an unfortunate piece of timing, at worst confirmation of a critical flaw in Arsene Wenger's transfer policy.
Some were just downright annoyed. Yes, annoyed.
One of those representing Arsenal's lunatic fringe, as he does so often, was CNN rentagob and professional footballer bother, Piers Morgan.
He tweeted: "Wenger signing ANOTHER kid for big money? When will he realise we need experienced defence, not more young strikers? #Arsenal #Chamberlain"
It was a sentiment expressed by plenty of Arsenal fans and the same hand-wringing previously emerged when the Gunners were revealed to be close to signing Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell. But surely this kind of reaction betrays a chronic misreading of transfer policy, a belief that one deal necessarily precludes another. It doesn't.
Envisage this scenario: you need a new fork. But when shopping for one
you spot a pretty nifty spoon. Now, do you think: I could nicely
complement my collection of spoons here while I continue to look for
that elusive fork, or WHAT THE HELL?? WHAT DO I WANT ANOTHER SPOON FOR??
To be clear: purchasing an up-and-coming young forward, a man clearly
destined for big things and who was named in the League One Team of the
Year, does not suddenly mean that Wenger has abandoned his pursuit of a
defender. They are separate strategies.
Yes the Oxlade-Chamberlain deal takes a chunk out of the transfer budget, but we all know that Arsenal have plenty of cash stashed away. That isn't a problem. In fact there are reports that the club are still working hard on the signing of Bolton defender Gary Cahill following an injury suffered by Thomas Vermaelen.
The two strands of transfer policy are not mutually exclusive - on the contrary they are complementary. Why not continue to build for the future while conducting surgery on the first-team squad?
Of course, Wenger's lack of investment in the second respect is concerning, downright infuriating even, and there is plenty of work for Arsenal to do before they are ready to sustain a proper challenge across a season.
But failing to strengthen in this regard does not render attempts to build for the future invalid. Wenger's track record in identifying young talent is second to none so the arrival of Oxlade Chamberlain should be celebrated, rather than used to denigrate Wenger.
He can play through the centre or out wide, has represented England at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21 levels and scored a healthy 10 goals in 41 appearances for Southampton last season.
And as Wenger has hinted, in some respects he is probably a superior player to Theo Walcott, the man who previously made the trip from Southampton to Arsenal as a teenager.
Wenger said: "He is an exciting young player who will provide us with creativity and offensive quality. Alex is a versatile player who can play in a number of positions. He can play as an attacking centre midfielder, or wide left and right.
"Alex is a perceptive passer of the ball and has a great understanding of the game and looks to be a very good team player."
Certainly Oxlade-Chamberlain himself, who turned down interest from Liverpool and Manchester United, is happy to have moved to Emirates Stadium, even if the feeling isn't entirely mutual amongst his new supporters.
"It feels fantastic," Oxlade-Chamberlain told the club's official website. "I'm delighted to be here and I'm looking forward to pushing on and working as hard as I can for the club this season.
"Arsenal are always one of the teams I followed. I would always take time to watch them on television because that is the best way to learn - watching the boys here at Arsenal.
"I've come to Emirates Stadium a few times this season to watch a few games and I was just blown away by the atmosphere, the fans and everything about it. It would be hard to refuse an opportunity like this.
"To have the opportunity to play here, develop my game and learn from the players here is very exciting for me. It's a massive club. They don't get much bigger than Arsenal and I've always been a big fan.
"Growing up, Thierry Henry was one of my favourite players."
Ah yes, Thierry Henry. What would some Arsenal fans have made of his arrival had it happened in the current climate?
Probably something along the lines of: WHAT THE HELL?? WHY DO WE NEED A RUBBISH WINGER WHO CAN'T GET A GAME FOR JUVENTUS? WTF?? FFS!!
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "West Ham United have been asked by the police to postpone the Carling Cup first-round tie with Aldershot Town tomorrow [Tuesday] night. The club were contacted this evening and told that all major public events in London were to be rearranged because of the need to focus police resources elsewhere." The wholly depressing and shocking riots in London force the postponement of West Ham's Carling Cup tie as the club suggest that that England's friendly against Netherlands is likely to be postponed on Wednesday as well.
FOREIGN VIEW: "I'm curious to see how much ground we have covered to reduce the distance between ourselves and Spain. I'm curious to see what point we are at. Spain have an advantage thanks to the work they have been doing over the last few years at national youth team level. The difference between them and us is cultural. I want to see our team play with personality and courage to win back the ball, and then to be able to use it." - Italy coach Cesare Prandelli admits he wants to make the Italian mentality more comparable with that of Spain, prior to Wednesday's friendly between the two sides.
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The Armchair Pundit gives us his perspective on a possible long-term replacement for Gary Neville and Manchester United, and there is also a busy night ahead in the Carling Cup and we will have live coverage as the scores come in from all of Tuesday's first-round ties.