Everything seems rosy again. That is how much a North London Derby means to us Gooners.

The emphatic win over tottenham doesn’t paper over any cracks our club have, we are all painfully aware of what needs to change. No, the derby victory just served as a reminder that we really aren’t as bad as the countless newspaper reports and comments from so-called experts tell us.

We should be taking this confidence into our next fixtures, and first up is a trip to Cologne in the next game of our Europa League group.

The team will vastly change from the one that put spurs to the sword, but confidence courses through a club, not just the players, and the pressure is off on this game too.

We could either blood some of our youngsters and give them a taste of the big time, or we could aim to keep our winning pattern going by using more established names.

We have already qualified for the next stage in the competition, so Arsene could well include some of his younger charges for this match. The Europa League thus far has been a showcase for our second string, but we could have some more of the next generation in this lineup with progression guaranteed.

Top spot isn’t sewn up just yet though. Wenger has plenty of players at his disposal, so it will be very interesting to see what blend he goes with, especially with a tough trip to Burnley in our vision.

Olivier Giroud has been leading the Europa League line for us, but a thigh injury picked up on international duty caused the Frenchman to miss the win over spurs. It isn’t only Giroud that needs a fitness test beforehand. Theo Walcott, Calum Chambers and Rob Holding all need to prove their fitness to make the team.

This may make room for some of the kids. Reiss Nelson, Ainslie Maitland-Niles and Jo Willock will most likely get a start as they have been regulars on this Europa League adventure, but players like Ben Sheaf, Josh DaSilva,Chuba Akpom and Eddie Nketiah may get the nod thanks to our already safe passage and injuries to our routine starters.

On first inspection, Cologne should be fair game. Stranded at the bottom of both the Bundesliga and our Europa League group, the German side are pretty low on confidence. However, they hammered BATE Borisov 5-2 in their last european game, and their home support is rather deafening.

Still, they have only two points so far domestically, and have scored just four goals in twelve games. They lost 1-0 in their last game, an away loss to 10-man Mainz. Their last home game was a 3-0 humbling against Hoffenheim and their next game is a crucial home match against fellow strugglers Hertha Berlin. Make no mistake, FC Koln are in trouble.

We will be bringing a healthy contingent of the Gooner faithful to this game. The Cologne fans may be raucous but they seemed intent on a good time rather than trouble. All the same, to anyone who is travelling out there, stay safe and have a good one.

Predicted lineup - Macey, Debuchy, Elneny, Mertesacker, Nelson, Coquelin, Willock, Maitland-Niles, Walcott, Wilshere, Nketiah

Predicted Scoreline - 2-1 to The Arsenal