Through Arsenal's worst start since 1953, it has become de rigueur for opposing managers to heap Arsene Wenger with a constant stream of encomiums.
"For me, Arsene Wenger has been fantastic for the football club. When they were in a bit of trouble, he guided them through it." Kenny Dalglish, after Arsenal lost at the Emirates, 0-2 to Liverpool.
"I would like to know who is going to replace him? The work he has done in the 15 years he has been at the club is the best in Arsenal's history." Sir Alex Ferguson, basking in the after glow of the worst hiding in Arsenal's history, a 0-8 loss at Old Trafford
"What that man has done for the game and what he's done for Arsenal is sensational," said the Rovers boss. "The way he's kept his philosophy is fantastic." Steve Kean, a beleaguered manager himself, following Arsenal's implosion through two own goals in a 3-4 loss at Ewood Park.
This time, Owen Coyle decided to get into the act much before their weekend match at the Emirates.
"It is absolutely ridiculous," stated the Scot. "Arsène Wenger is one of the best managers in world football, and always will be."
All very true and then some. But a more mischievous mind would see this as a well oiled conspiracy to keep things the way they are without reality darkening the eternal sunshine of Wenger's spotless mind.