It speaks volumes that deadline-day can pass and Gooners worldwide are in a relaxed mood – such is the reality that the squad is coming along nicely.
Arsene Wenger has addressed our needs at the back with Gabriel coming in and with the promotion of Hector Bellerin, it has suddenly meant that we now have eight defenders vying for four positions – real depth.
The arrival of Krystian Bielik was also concluded earlier on in the window and if the noises inside the club are to be believed, the Polish teenager may be in the first team soon after impressing in training.
However, to many of our surprise, the most important addition we made was to recall a player already on our books as Francis Coquelin has transformed the fortunes of the side and become the holding midfielder we’ve been crying out for – at least for now.
He may not be the number one choice for the future, but the Frenchman has shown that he can produce performances for the club and has hopefully shown Wenger the type of player the team has been lacking since the ‘Invincible’ days.
On closer inspection, the squad is looking healthy, with the 5-0 against Aston Villa not including the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The attacking qualities at the club seem complete with Olivier Giroud, Welbeck and Chuba Akpom competing for a central striking role; which can also be accommodated by the likes of Sanchez and Theo Walcott.
It therefore means that the rebuilding process for Wenger is almost over, with the current squad almost unrecognisable to the one we cheered on in 2011.
In the summer, many won’t be bothered if a top holding midfielder (Morgan Schneiderlin) is our only addition, with the goalkeeping and striker situations more luxury options rather than complete necessities.
Especially given the fact that in Alexis and Walcott, we have two wide forwards easily capable of scoring 20+ goals a season.
Next season, the title has to be the only target – no excuses.