Arsene Wenger has gracefully accepted the blame for his team's failings this season after the defeat at Bolton which all but ended their hopes of winning the title. It is good of him to join the club, because plenty of people have been holding him responsible for a while.
Admitting blame is one thing, but until he can manage to swallow his pride, learn from his mistakes and change his ways then I do not see Arsenal going any further under him.
It is all very well pursuing his ideal of playing football "the right way", but that comes at the expense of being able to implement a Plan B when the Gunners' trademark passing game is not working. Bolton have developed a more aesthetically pleasing style under Owen Coyle, but their two goals on Sunday were both headers from corners. These are just the sort of goals that Arsenal seem incapable of either stopping or scoring themselves, despite having three centre-forwards standing at six feet tall or more in their squad and pace down either wing.
People like to call Wenger 'The Professor', but in recent years he has come across more like a schoolteacher, surrounding himself with obedient young pupils who will follow his every word, rather than more senior students who may be willing to question his decisions.
Sometimes it is healthy to have a few older, wiser heads in the dressing room to do that. It puts the onus on the boss to justify why he insists on things being done a certain way, but also gives him food for thought as to things he should look at changing.
When they won their last title the famed 'Invincibles' squad boasted the likes of Patrick Vieira, Sol Campbell and Thierry Henry. Two years previously, Tony Adams and Martin Keown were also among the ranks as they won the double. Strong characters such as these are conspicuous by their absence in the current squad.
Alan Hansen will always live to regret his comment about Manchester United winning nothing with kids at the start of the 1995-96 season, but while that season's double winner's had plenty of youth in their side they were guided through by older players who had been there and done it all before.
Just as in life, every great manager learns from his mistakes, and the first stage is admitting to them. Even Alex Ferguson realised that announcing his retirement during the middle of a season a few years ago affected his team - he won't make the same mistake again.
The fact that Arsenal have not finished in the top two in six years should be more than enough to show Wenger that he needs to change his ways. Instead of looking up towards the summit, he will now be looking down at Manchester City, who are eight points behind them with two games in hand ahead of Monday night's trip to Blackburn. With Arsenal's next fixture coming against United, the ignominy of finishing fourth and having to qualify for the Champions League via a play-off is very much a possibility.