So England have slunk home sheepishly, and the inquest has begun in earnest as to quite how it went so calamitously wrong.
Iâ€™m not going to get into that inquest here though, what with me being thoroughly bored of our biennial national slip-up, and this blog being of a club hue. A club, incidentally, that might not have won much in recent years, but can at least pass the ball.
If you do want to wallow a bit more in the sheer horror of it all though, then there was a very good piece in The Times by Matt Dickinson (â€˜Mutiny and misery: the inside story of a failed campaignâ€™ â€“ available free online, if you register), and amid the many excellent pieces of podcastery are this one from 5live â€“ â€˜Out of Africa: where next for English footballâ€™ – and a lighter look at things from Baddiel and Skinner. I suspect the latter two are UK only.
Right, well the good news is that inevitably, club news will begin to take over soon. I recall reading some time ago that both Gallas and Silvestre had deals taking them up to 30th June, and I read today that Laurent Koscielny could sign on July 1st. On these anecdotal snippets alone I am predicting a whirlwind of transfer activity at the tail end of this week. At least, thatâ€™s what Iâ€™d like.
Should he arrive, itâ€™s fair to say Koscielny is the absolute nailed-on classic Wenger signing, and not just because heâ€™s French. Wenger loves to sign a player whose skills have not been touted far and wide in England, someone with youth on their side and with the potential to get better and better.
I know nothing about him â€“ another classic sign. Over on Twitter, @arsene_knows tells me heâ€™s got bags of promise, and made the highest number of clearances in Ligue 1 last season. That might explain why his price is apparently Â£8.5m.
When we paid similar sums for Vermaelen last season, it was fully expected that before long heâ€™d be first choice. As it turned out, he went straight into the team and was one of our players of the season. So I wonder whether Wenger will be expecting Koscielny to head straight in and partner Vermaelen, or whether heâ€™s one for the future? Itâ€™d be a lot of money to spend on a reserve. With Djourou fit again (and presumably keen to play), and perhaps even another centre-back coming in, there should be some serious competition for places.
Looks at the same time as if Campbell â€“ a fabulous stop-gap last year â€“ will look for pastures new. I can see how that makes sense for him.
The Telegraph has us then turning our sights on Fulhamâ€™s Schwarzer, who is undeniably experienced, but also undeniably not a glamour signing. Does it matter? Not if heâ€™s going to be better than Almunia it doesnâ€™t.
So all in all, things could start nicely ticking. Weâ€™re only 18 days away from the traditional curtain raiser at Barnet.
That, as they say, is ace.