A fragile defence and an alarming lack of physicality once again led to Arsenal's downfall against bitter foes Stoke City on Saturday, but there was still plenty of sympathy for the Gunners' star man Alexis Sanchez.
With Arsenal chasing the game at 3-2 and Sanchez running free down the right flank in the 83rd-minute, Stoke substitute Charlie Adam resorted to a move more suitable for a wrestling ring than a football pitch, to halt the Chilean striker.
While there has been no love lost between the two sides' supporters after previous skirmishes (who can forget Ryan Shawcross' infamous tackle on Aaron Ramsey?), plenty of neutrals also condemned Adam's dirty manoeuvre.
It also sparked off a torrent of memes and comments on social media:
Is Charlie Adam trying the sister Abigail ? pic.twitter.com/IINUE8D7gL
— Barkleh (@DareToBarkley) December 6, 2014
I see Charlie Adam has been auditioning for the NYPD pic.twitter.com/ptQshxyS8k
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) December 6, 2014
Charlie Adam about to put the Stinger Splash on Alexis Sanchez while referee Anthony Taylor watches on confused pic.twitter.com/gFCi08cQCZ
— PosiSteve (@PosiStevety) December 6, 2014
— Vincentius.com (@Vincentius) December 6, 2014
Charlie Adam on the art of defending pic.twitter.com/PfnqhvlwpH
— Stewart Joseph (@stewartjoseph) December 6, 2014
Adam escaped with a yellow card from the referee, but it could just as easily have been a sending-off.