Three wins in a week signifies a definite turnaround in fortunes.
The two Premier League wins were the first time since the two opening games of the season that we had won two on the bounce.
That’s quite the startling fact and shows how much work Mikel Arteta has had to accomplish in order to bring some semblance of form to our side.
Throw in our 1-0 win away from home in one of the toughest stadiums in Europe? That is quite some week.
It has led to some evaluation of the squad and who is worthy to stay and be part of the building process that Arteta is performing. In short, who has proved themselves worthy of playing for Arsenal and what Arteta is building?
Looking back on our season isn’t pretty but there are a few constants.
Firstly is our batch of promising youngsters showing some of our squad how it’s done.
Secondly are the constant stream of goals that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has bagged. His number has helped us stay afloat even at our lowest ebb.
Lastly is Bernd Leno.
Last season we saw some saves from Leno that highlighted his pedigree. We finally had a keeper that wasn’t a walking bag of mistakes, dropping as many points as high balls.
Leno this season has not only continued to pull out all the stops, but he has added consistency to his game. The key though?
During our struggles, he has kept us in games we had no right to have contention in. His saves and commanding presence have picked up points where we really shouldn’t have.
No matter that we had a shaky defence in front of him, Leno dealt with all things superbly. We have been lucky to have him and when the Player of the Year nominations come through, Leno should be at the top of the list.
Our Number One has been Number One.