A rare handful of football matches defy any kind of rational explanation, and Arsenal's quite unbelievable 7-5 win away at Reading was certainly one of them. It was utterly chaotic, yet utterly brilliant.
Proof that we had wandered firmly into the world of the absurd came with the 12th of the 12 goals witnessed at what is appropriately nicknamed the Mad Stad.
Marouane Chamakh, making his first start since January, latched onto a ball over the top and possessed all the composure in the world to lob the ball over Adam Federici. That's when Early Doors knew for sure that we were through the looking glass.
But the signs were there before. While their team was populated by youngsters and fringe players, how on earth did Arsenal find themselves 4-0 down to Reading's second string? How, subsequently, did Reading manage to throw that lead away with Theo Walcott equalising six minutes into added time? And how were there a further four goals in extra-time?
Utter madness, and even some of the players lost their heads. At the end of a pulsating 90 minutes, Arsenal's Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud both hurled their shirts into the crowd, only to have to go back and retrieve them once they discovered they had to play extra-time.
This was undoubtedly one of the most incredible games of Arsene Wenger's 16-year reign at Arsenal, but it had the potential to be one of the very worst.
Prior to last night Arsenal had scored just once in three games and had hosted an AGM that verged on the mutinous. At 4-0 down a disaffected bunch of supporters even started singing: "we want our Arsenal back."
But then they got it back, in an orgy of attacking football and defensive ineptitude that pretty much summed up Arsenal over the past seven years or so.
There was Laurent Koscielny, last season's outstanding defender, reduced to a gibbering wreck by Jason Roberts, while at the other end Chamakh was scoring two beauties. None of it made sense, but everything about it was brilliant. If it wasn't quite the proverbial cricket score then at least it looked a tennis one. "That's the first set to us," joked Wenger.
He added: "We went from disaster to getting some pride because we came back in the second half with a decent performance. It was not one of our priorities but had we gone out the way we could have gone out on the basis of the first half, that would not have been one of my proudest moments at the club so I'm very happy that we came back."
As for whether the result was one of his best, Wenger replied: "It may be."
The analysis from opposite number Brian McDermott was rather more sober. "This feels like a funeral," he said. "[It is the] worst defeat of my career."
The speculation after the final whistle was whether this was, as the Guardian's headline declares this morning, "the greatest comeback." ED would come down on the negative side of that debate. Firstly, Liverpool's feat in Istanbul, coming in the biggest club game in the world, is indisputably the greatest comeback of all time. It just is.
Secondly, Arsenal were just the three goals down at half-time. Newcastle were famously four down to the Gunners after 68 minutes of their match in February 2011 but came back to draw. Had they had extra time they probably would have stuck another couple past them too.
Whether you consider it the best or not, it was certainly one of the most exciting games of football seen in a long, long time. Yesterday on this website ED's colleague Alex Chick wrote a piece describing English football as "the unhappiest place on earth" due to the swirling vitriol and hatred that has overtaken it. ED couldn't have agreed more, yet within hours we had an antidote to all that negativity: a brilliant, brilliant match.
Those 120 minutes reminded us why football is wonderful and thrilling, not that Jason Roberts would have agreed, his furious protests after Walcott scored six minutes into what should have been four added minutes lending a touch of comedy to proceedings.
In fact the whole occasion felt like high farce: from some disgraceful defending - and even worse goalkeeping from Damian Martinez - to the sight of Chamakh scoring two excellent goals. ED now believes that if all matches lasted 120 minutes, the Moroccan would probably be the Premier League's top scorer. Clearly he just takes 90 minutes or so to warm up.
What else did we learn from this occasion? Well, perhaps hat-trick hero Theo Walcott does have the composure required to play through the middle. His first goal was a lovely little finish and if Wenger is still unconvinced by Giroud - or indeed Chamakh - then surely the England international is a better option than Gervinho.
But to draw any hard and fast conclusions from such a mental match might be reckless. On a glorious night when anything and everything seemed possible, maybe we should just be satisfied with one of the best matches any of us will see.
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COMING UP: We put Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere Under the Microscope before we publish our top five Goals of the Week and ask for your vote. Jim White also blogs on referees before Chelsea and Manchester United do battle again, this time in the Capital One Cup. That's one of three games we will be covering live, as well as the Serie A tie between Juventus and Bologna.