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.
Having already qualified for the next round of the Europa League, Arsenal do not have to risk too much away to Cologne tonight, but at the same time it would be much better to get a result in Germany that would guarantee us top spot and keep the confidence building.
For a good few years, I think it is safe to say, one of the things that Arsenal fans have been crying out for more than any other, at least in terms of playing personnel, is more fire power up front. I suppose you could say that the jury is still out in some respects on Alexandre Lacazette, as he has not been at the club long enough to cement his place in our hearts, but it is hard to argue that the Gunners have not made strides in this part of the team.
It was just a few years ago that the question of whether Arsenal would secure the transfer of the French striker Karim Benzema from the Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid was more about whether the deal was even a possibility and whether the Spanish club and the player would be willing.
There is more than just a small minority of Arsenal fans who think that the Germany international Mesut Ozil is nothing more than a luxury that the Gunners cannot really afford to have, apart from when he blows away the doubters with a match winning performance like we saw against Tottenham last weekend.
Arsene Wenger may have said a few things about taking the Europa League games seriously, but do any of us really believe him? The team selections of the Frenchman for these Thursday games so far would beg to differ, although perhaps the fact that the Gunners have already qualified for the next round makes the decision to rest all the usual big name first team players justified.