Barring any more disasters (hey you never know), Arsenal should have an almost fully fit squad at the start of 2015. Our England international midfielder Jack Wilshere is not due back until late February but Arsene Wenger should be able to call on Ozil, Debuchy, Arteta, Walcott and all after Christmas.
And that Gunners squad has some serious talent in it, with the January transfer window giving the manager the chance to add a few key players to strengthen certain areas. So as long as we can keep in touch with the top of the Premier League table in the next few weeks, Arsenal fans could be set for an exciting and much happier second half to the season.
One of the features of the last few years has been Arsenal putting a brilliant run of results together and although it may be too late for a title challenge this time, we still need to secure a top four spot, as well as having the knockout rounds of the Champions League to think about – and the small matter of defending the FA cup trophy won in dramatic fashion last season to defend.
A good second half of the season and possibly even another day at Wembley or an extended run in Europe would be great, of course, and could set us up for a proper go at the title next year, but would it be enough to compensate for the disappointing start we have endured this time?