There are still a few international games to get through for the Arsenal players who have jetted off to various locations around the globe to meet up with their fellow countryman, but for the Gunners and our hopes of getting back to the serious business of domestic action with a bang, you have to say that things have gone well for us so far.
Not an injury in sight so far is obviously one of the major plus points for a club that has sometimes felt as if we were jinxed or some sort of guinea pig for things that could go wrong. A fair few of our key players have now finished their involvement with their respective countries as well; so Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny, Mathieu Debuchy, Mesut Ozil, Petr Cech, Calum Chambers and Aaron Ramsey will all be be fit and ready for action this weekend.
But for me the best thing to come out of this two week break so far, is the fact that the Arsenal strike force has found the back of the net. Alexis scored the winner for Chile in their friendly against Paraguay at the weekend, so he will be feeling a lot better about life and has a week before he takes the field against Stoke. Be afraid Potters.
It was a shame that Giroud did not score and had a pretty poor international break but he has at least got a goal for Arsenal this season and despite getting just a few minutes for France on Friday, he started for them last night and so his place in the France team looks reasonably safe, while a home game against Stoke almost guarantees him a start on Saturday.
And what about our man Walcott? Surely he must have given Roy Hodgson a big decision to make after scoring a quick fire double after coming on as a sub in San Marino. Another decent showing from him and the Ox against Switzerland tonight should see the Gunners ready for Stoke with some much needed confidence restored in front of goal.
Are the Arsenal floodgates about to open?