With Arsenal facing a team in Everton that was under even more pressure thazn ourselves after a poor run of results and nervy performances that has left most people wondering how long the Dutchman Ronald Koeman would keep his job as their manager, it was important that we kept up the pressure and kept the home fans quiet.
Arsene Wenger would have been hoping that he could bring Danny Welbeck back into the starting line-up for Arsenal today, as the England forward has been in good form so far this season and his pace and power would have been ideal for this away clash with struggling Everton, but Wellbz has not won the race to be fit in time.
Theo Walcott has sung the praises of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere after his midweek display against Red Star Belgrade, but do the club need him more than they know?
At one point last night, I was thinking it was just about typical of Arsenal´s luck that Everton would get a shot in the arm of confidence and form and have the growing pressure on their struggling players and under fire manager relieved just in time to face the Gunners on Sunday.
Yes I know that it might be a little bit petty and small minded for Arsenal fans to take some pleasure from the suffering of others, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a former player who showed our club no love or respect when forcing his transfer to our Premier League rivals Liverpool during the summer transfer window, so that makes him fair game in my book.
Former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins has claimed that Hector Bellerin has taken steps backwards, highlighted by his penalty error for Arsenal this weekend.
The Spanish defender broke through into the squad three years ago, taking full advantage of injuries to previously favoured pair Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy, and has been highly rated ever since.
Fans of Arsenal are not alone in being left frustrated on a regular basis by the decisions of the referees and their assistants. There is always an element of bias in the way we see things but there is also a lot of inconsistency from the officials.
It is absolutely vital that Arsenal bounce straight back from the disappointment of seeing our one goal lead away to Watford with 20 minutes left end up in defeat. In that case you would like your next Premier League match to be against a struggling side and few are having a worse time right now than Everton.