Anyway, the real stuff starts again next week and we can look forward to Chelsea grinding out another Premier League title, more tittle-tattle around Arsene and Jose putting all his eggs in a Europa League shaped basket.
20 years of Arsene Wenger, 20 years of almost unrivalled consistency for Arsenal in a world that is fast becoming unrecognisable from what it was back in May 1997 at a time when the Gunners last failed to qualify for the Champions League.
Let's start in an unexpected way today. Just imagine how bad Sunderland against Burnley must have been to watch. 0-0 must have been the most guaranteed result of the day. It's nice to see Jermain Defoe back in the England squad though, if only as a reward for putting up with only being passed the ball about 25 times this season.
It was a funny old weekend of football. Premier League matches alongside some juicy FA Cup Quarter Finals always dilute the attention and I am not sure we are any the wiser as a result. Mind you, it would take more than a game of football to make me wise, that is for sure.
One saving grace for the likes of Leicester, Bournemouth and Boro has to be the fact that Sunderland are surely halfway up the creek with no paddles whatsoever. Jermain Defoe crashed a shot against the bar but you just knew that a very average City side were going to score eventually, and they did. If I was feeling generous I would say that is what a good side can do, play badly and win. But I'm not feeling generous.
The Gunners must make Ozil available for transfer this summer and accept the highest bid because they could easily find an equally talented replacement, more than just an individual who only performs when the pressure is off, one with an attitude more like Sanchez. Mesut Ozil has had his day in an Arsenal shirt, ultimately underwhelming, but the club cannot afford not to build the future around Alexis Sanchez.
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It was evident against West Ham, with some sublime moves crafted out with consummate ease by the two. Sanchez's movement off the ball and his typically dogged harrying of defenders, proved to be a constant thorn in the side of the Hammers.
Arsene Wenger will have left Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon with mixed feelings after his side snatched a late draw. Arsenal's performance was peculiar to say the least. Having headed into the match as slight favourites, they struggled for any fluency and looked bereft of ideas for much of the game.
Arsenal have an amazing foundation and some world class talent that we haven't seen since the Thierry Henry days. Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and the excellent upcoming talent of Hector Bellerin gives the North Londoners enough quality to challenge for the title every season, but Wenger should work with the fans instead of against them to weld the squad into one capable of lifting the title one last time before he calls it a day.
Unless there is a seismic change at the Emirates in the summer - and that looks unlikely as things stand - then Arsenal fans should probably gear up for another season or two of being good, but not quite good enough. Hardly an inspiring message, but maybe that's fitting. Arsenal haven't exactly been an inspiring team of late.
If Arsenal can come roaring back past Spurs and Leicester and claim their rightful place at the top of the table by the end of the season, then normality can be restored. Leicester will fade. Spurs will continued to be Spurs. Things will go back to normal.
No wins in November. One win in January, before a run of four games without tasting triumph. The team have been shooting themselves in the foot for so long that any slip-up really does look like it rips the heart out of the side. It just screams 'here we go again'. How can anyone believe Arsenal can win the Premier League if they don't seem to truly believe it themselves?
Sure, the trophy will sit in Arsenal's dusty trophy cabinet for a year and fans will get 'Champions 16' on the back of their replica shirts, but next season, unless they bring in a centre back, holding midfielder and striker at least, they will slump back to their more familiar fourth place. That is, unless the other top sides fail to turn up once again.