On the face of things it looks like it was a bad weekend for Arsenal in our hunt to reclaim the Premier League trophy that has not resided in north London since the time of the invincibles, when it was still Highbury and not the new Emirates stadium that was the home of the Arsenal.
I am surprised to see so much negativity from some of my fellow Gooners after Arsenal lost to Man United on Saturday evening, because instead of it being another poor performance and result against a big EPL rival, it is fair to say that we were the better side and but for an unbelievably inspired game from their man in goal and some rotten luck, it would have been a famous and well deserved win.
Any talk of Arsenal or the other clubs chasing the runaway Premier League leaders actually winning the title this season relies on Man City suffering something of a collapse. We have seen it before, though, and there are some key players in that City side like Aguero and De Bruyne who would be hard to replace if they pick up an injury.
One of the big stories in the Premier League today was probably received pretty well by a lot of Arsenal fans, because with Manchester United coming to play us at the Emirates stadium at the weekend, a three match ban for their main striker and top scorer Romelu Lukaku would on the face of it weaken United and increase the chances of an Arsenal win.
When Arsenal next run out onto the pitch it will be at the Emirates on Tuesday night, when the Premier League has a rare midweek slot with no domestic cup action and no Europa League and Champions League games to be played. It could also mark a rare Premier League start for Jack Wilshere, who has not started a league game for the Gunners in about a year-and-a-half, but do you think he did enough to get back in the starting line-up to face Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night?
It has been a long time coming for Arsenal, and has been a tough task to drag ourselves back into the top four of the Premier League after a poor start was compounded by a few injury problems and a rotten record away from home which was not helped by some pretty poor decisions from the match officials.
As long as Arsenal do not slip back in our performance levels from the north London derby win over Tottenham last weekend, we should be able to return from Burnley on Sunday with all three points in the bag, and we could well do without another dodgy decision from the referee thank you very much.
It did not matter in the end what result Arsenal got away to Cologne tonight, as the other two clubs in our Europa League group drew so the Gunners will win the group anyway, but it was not exactly what we need in terms of form and confidence.