The Blues were back on home turf after three games on the road, with three points the order of the order of the day. They obliged with an explosive first-half, and with results elsewhere going our way it turned to be a very good day all-round.
The black eye had gone down a bit, and no doubt inspired by his Marco-Pierre White cook-off win over Shay Given, Joe Hart was in the mood for a clean sheet.
It's a serious business, and the weather didn't help, but trust us, Aleksander Kolarov did enjoy himself in the wide open spaces of the left flank.
James Milner and Carlos Tevez get slap-happy while Gareth Barry can't wait to get back to a nice, warm, dry dressing room for a cup of tea and an extra strong mint.
David Silva is left to ponder what have been while his team mates do a runner.
But it's not all about superstar attacking players! Pablo Zabaleta gave his all as ever, this time at left back, but like everyone-else he couldn't believe how Newcastle had come back from four goals down to Arsenal!