Relegation was deemed to be a possibility in August and September of 2011-12 by those prone to over-dramatisating the position Arsenal found themselves in. In 1974-75, it was a looming spectre and this defeat dragged Arsenal into a real fight for survival.
At the season’s end, Luton occupied the final relegation berth with a mere four points between themselves and Arsenal in sixteenth. Arsenal had a better goal average 0.96 against The Hatters 0.72, the decisive factor in those days. Luton not helped themselves by conceding five in consecutive defeats to Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Indeed had they not lost their three subsequent fixtures to this one, who knows how the season might have turned out.