The tables turned on Watford captain Troy Deeney on Monday night when the man synonymous with taunting Arsenal was shown an 11th minute red card in his side's 1-0 defeat by the Gunners.
The Hornets striker, who infamously claimed Arsenal 'lacked cojones' last season after Watford beat Arsenal 2-1, appeared to elbow Gunners midfielder Lucas Torreira as he made a cross-field pass.
The 30-year-old was instantly shown a red card by referee Craig Pawson, much to the amusement of the travelling Arsenal fans.
Deeney was furious, remonstrating with Pawson and questioning Torreira's role in the incident. He appeared to label the official's decision 'a f****** embarrassment' as he eventually left the field.
The former Walsall man pulled off his shirt in disgust and flung his captain's armband towards a team-mate before making his way towards the dugout.
He saved some of his anger for Arsenal boss Unai Emery, pointing back towards Torreira and appearing to shout at the Spaniard.
Speaking after that win in 2017, Deeney said Watford's physicality meant they overcame Arsene Wenger's side to win 2-1 in a Premier League match.
'There's a reason why they lost and it wasn't because of one penalty,' Deeney said. 'I'll have to watch what I say. It's (having) a bit of cojones, a bit of nuts. Whenever I play Arsenal, I'll go up and think, "Let me whack the first one and see who wants it".
He was duly made to eat his words after going up against Torreira but, prior to Monday's encounter, Deeney insisted he had no regrets for saying what he did.
Quoted in Tales From The Vicarage Volume 7: Captains, Deeney said: 'Hindsight's a wonderful thing, and I might have been better off just saving it for the boozer afterwards, but I don't ever regret it.'
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville suggested referee Pawson was aware of the ill-feeling between Deeney and Arsenal before the match began.
He said: 'The linesman has got a great view of it. I think 15 years ago, he's not done a lot wrong. Now, he's got nowhere to go.
'These referees, they're aware of previous statements and players being fired up for a game. Deeney just oversteps the line.'
It is not the first time Deeney has been left embarrassed after his remarks about Arsenal. He missed a penalty in the return fixture at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal ran out 3-0 winners.
This was Deeney's second Premier League red card, his first coming in December 2017 against Huddersfield.
Hornets boss Javi Gracia felt Deeney should have been shown a yellow card.
'I respect the referee's decision, but I don't agree,' Gracia said. 'In my opinion it is a yellow card but never a red.
'I can't explain what the referee saw to make that decision. It was an important one. I prefer to speak about my players who today deserve the recognition. We don't get points but we had a good performance and we keep playing with the same ambition and desire.'
Deeney was dismissed just one minute after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had given the Arsenal the lead thanks to a dreadful error from goalkeeper Ben Foster.
He hesitated to clear the ball from a pass back and Aubameyang managed to charge down his clearance and divert the ball into the net.