The mood at the Emirates has improved significantly recently with some impressive wins and a couple of new signings.
This may be the first transfer window in a while that we’ve not been fussed about the final day.
Has January been a false dawn or is it really a platform to build on for the rest of the season?
With many key players coming back from injury, Francis Coquelin playing out of his skin after being recalled from loan and finally buying some cover at centre back, we’ve put ourselves in a very interesting position for the next four months.
The FA Cup once again looks like our best chance of silverware.
We’ve been given a favourable home draw in the next round against Middlesbrough which, if we win, puts us in the quarter finals and closer to another Wembley jolly.
With many big clubs already out Wenger will be confident of retaining the trophy in May.
Our second round draw in the Champions League v Monaco was one of the kinder draws we could’ve hoped for.
Providing we come through that game without any dramas it’ll put us in the quarter final.
This year will be a season of just enjoying it and seeing what happens but, on our day, we can beat any team in the world.
We were not exactly embarrassed by Bayern Munich in our last couple of meeting and if Mesut Ozil had scored that penalty and Szcesney hadn’t got a red card, who knows what might have happened?
The only team that actually terrifies me is Real Madrid but the longer we’re in the competition and can avoid the Spanish giants, who knows?
In the league we’ve got to be aiming for a minimum of third.
I can’t see the top two changing this season so we’re going to be in a five way fight with Manchester United, Liverpool, Southampton and Sp*rs for the final two Champions League places.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Liverpool and Sp*rs start to struggle for consistency once the Europa League starts again and surely Southampton are due another bad run of form, which leaves United.
With no European distraction they will be favourites to finish third but I’ve not seen anything from them yet to suggest they’re that good.
Providing we don’t pick up any new big injuries then we should have near enough a full squad within a couple of weeks with just Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy out until April. Rotation will be vital in the final few months and we now appear to have a squad Arsene trusts more than he has done in recent years.
Going forward, we’ve got some of the best attacking talent in Europe with plenty of options to choose from.
If we can maintain some defensive consistency then there is no reason why we can’t have a memorable end to our season.