Every new Premier League season gives rise to its own heroes and villains as the media is constantly watching every move in minute detail. As such, players and managers alike can either enhance or completely destroy their hard-earned reputations in a matter of months.
"Arsene Wenger will not be a difficult act to follow - he will be an impossible act to follow." Those are the words of former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein, who spoke to Sportsweek earlier this week. He could well be right.
Averaging a successful dribble every 25.9 minutes, Oxlade ranks in the top 10 in the Premier League this season, and third amongst English players, though he has significantly more to offer in terms of final ball than either of the two players above him, Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha.
No whinging, no agent flyers in the press... and no recent late night parties with model and TV-presenter girlfriend Polly Parsons. Throughout a difficult season, Thomas Vermaelen has been the consummate professional.
The development of the Premier League into a massive international brand means that there are astronomical amounts of money to be made. Unfortunately, those who own football clubs are usually out to make a quick buck and in many cases do not possess the know-how to run a successful club...
Since Theo's season-killing injury, Arsenal have at times looked one-paced and bereft of defence-splitting ideas - with Mesut Ozil taking the brunt of the many Twitter rants or radio phone-in tantrums.
Wenger is one of the best managers ever. To question his position at Arsenal is laughable. But even the best make mistakes sometime. I just hope for his and Arsenal's sake, the decision not to significantly strengthen the squad this January isn't one of them.
With the fans outside of the stadium chanting the name of their icon, Pepe Mel, the longest serving manager in the Primera, thanked them for their loyal support - and emotionally made for the exit following his dismissal in early December. As the old saying goes, "when one door closes, another opens" - and that couldn't be truer in the case of Mel, who pitched up as the new Head Coach at West Brom on Friday...
2014 promises much in the way of sport, and now that the unfathomably elongated Festive period- after which people cease eating all day long and work again - has finally come to an end, we can get on with it.
As the festive period draws to a close, at a time when age old traditions and habits are both embraced and encouraged, it was once again business as usual at football clubs across the country...
I can never hear about football tragedies without thinking of the Shankly saying. Hillsborough, Bradford City, Heysel, the Accra Sports Stadium deaths in Ghana in 2001, the dozens killed during Egypt's Port Said stadium clashes in 2012. The list goes on and on. Or indeed the recent depressing news of two more deaths during construction work on the stadium that will host the opening ceremony for next year's World Cup finals in Brazil.
As with all walks of life, constructive criticism should obviously be encouraged, but there is a clear difference between engaging in deserved, even frank, assessment, and pure bile and diatribe, the type of which that is increasingly populating the stands at home grounds, social media and hackneyed journalism.
With all eyes on Gareth Bale following his becoming the most expensive player in history, his career at Real Madrid beginning with more of a Jonathan Woodgate-esque stutter than a bang has meant that attention has turned to one of Bale's countrymen, Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey.
It is a long season, and Spurs' new-found strength in depth gives them every chance of achieving the Champions League qualification they patently crave. But Arsenal's confident strides towards the summit of the Premier League, whilst potential title rivals stumble around them, act as a taste of vindication for Wenger.
Arsenal will have to make some adjustments to the team from last season and will have to use the reported £70 million budget wisely. Gonzalo Higuain is a top class International but with the back injury he suffered in 2010, he will not play the 30+ games which Wenger will need him too, maybe Arsenal and Wenger should look elsewhere.
With extra money coming into the club from their lucrative deal with Puma, funds freed up from their deal with Emirates, not to mention increased TV revenue and the likely departure of a certain meerkat-a-like, it could be time for one last hurrah.