The boos rang out at half-time and by the end they were louder. Mikel Arteta had talked of harnessing the energy of Arsenal's supporters on their return to the Emirates Stadium. Instead, he was left in no doubt that, for many, patience is wearing thin.
Two games into the new Premier League season, his Arsenal side have no points and no goals. Next up? A trip to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City. It is likely to get worse before it gets better.
The fixtures have not been kind to Arsenal and nor have the circumstances. On the eve of their opening game, a Covid outbreak to rule out their two senior strikers. Before their second, another positive case to deprive them of their £50m centre-back.
Chelsea's last visit to the Emirates Stadium proved something of a springboard for Arsenal, the Gunners emerging 3-1 winners on Boxing Day last season. But any hopes of a repeat were quickly extinguished.