It feels to me like Arsenal are at a crucial stage of the season. A possible crossroads, if you like, where things could go backwards, sideways, or hopefully onwards after a slow and shaky start. There is another international break coming up soon and we need to get to it with two Premier League wins in the bag.
So it should be a good thing for the Gunners that our next match does not take place until Monday night, as long as Arsene Wenger and the players make full use of the extra two days that is. The boss needs to be drilling the lads on the training ground, making sure that the defensive solidity and togetherness of the team that we saw away to Chelsea last weekend was not a one-off.
Of course we do not expect a home game against West Brom to be the same sort of test we faced at Stamford Bridge but that does not mean we can forget about defending. A clean sheet must be the goal in every game we play because that takes pressure off the attacking side of our game and means that one goal will give us a win, as it did against Doncaster on Wednesday.
Time on the training ground is precious and can be crucial to what happens during a season and with all the games Arsenal have ahead these few days must be spent well. The question is, will they be?