As Arsenal pause for the international break Mikel Arteta will be relatively pleased with where his team is at the moment.
The Gunners have lost just one of their last six matches in the Premier League and have secured their passage to the Europa League quarter finals where a favourable draw against Slavia Prague awaits them.
But there are definitely still problems Arsenal have to fix.
If ever there was a game that summed that up it was their dramatic 3-3 draw with West Ham on Sunday, where a late comeback was able to cover up a terrible start that saw them fall 3-0 down to strikes from Jesse Lingard, Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek.
The packed nature of the fixture list means that this season has been perhaps more hectic than any other and so Arteta will be glad to now have two weeks in which he is able to pause and reflect on what has happened so far.
With that in mind football.london has taken a look at what he should trying to do over the international break.
Stop the individual errors
It’s impossible to say for certain, but if it weren’t for individual errors Arsenal would be far higher up the Premier League table than the ninth position they currently find themselves in.
Since the turn of the year, lapses of concentration among the Gunners squad have become almost endemic.
Speaking after the draw with West Ham he admitted coaching this trait out of his squad was among the most difficult tasks he had faced in his short career in management.
“That’s what keeps me awake, because it has happened too many times too often,” he said of Arsenal’s tendency to be the architects of their own downfall.
“At that level you cannot do that because the opponents are so good and the margins are not that big.”
It’s not exactly a hot take, but if Arteta is unable to stop the spread of this problem throughout his squad then it is likely going to cost him dearly as he seeks to qualify for Europe next season.
Get Aubameyang firing
Arsenal have not seen the best of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in recent weeks.
After being shifted to the centre forward position for crucial games against Leeds and Benfica, where he managed five goals in three matches, the Gabon forward seems to have fallen back into the form that saw him go over three months without a goal from open play in the Premier League.
The dip in form has coincided with a disciplinary issue that saw him left out of the starting XI for the North London Derby victory over Spurs.
Arteta has insisted that both he and the player have “moved on” from that, but in games against Olympiacos and West Ham since then the 31-year-old has looked off the boil.
Aubameyang is undoubtedly a key asset to Arsenal when he is on form, and as an influential member of the Gunners’ dressing room, Arteta will be wary of upsetting his captain.
The Spaniard will no doubt be hoping that going off on international duty with Gabon will be the tonic Aubameyang requires to get back on top form.
“Well, you never know sometimes if they play the game and he scores and he gets out of the environment and then comes back sometimes it’s good,” Arteta said about the former Borussia Dortmund forward after the West Ham game.
The Arsenal manager will be hoping that does turn out to be the case, or else he will be forced to make a difficult decision over Aubameyang’s place within the team.
Make a decision on David Luiz
For much of this season the mainstay at the heart of the Arsenal defence has been Rob Holding.
The 25-year-old leads the way in terms of clean sheets kept, aerial duels won, tackles made and clearances completed among the Gunners regular four centre backs (him, David Luiz, Gabriel and Pablo Mari) and was rewarded with a contract extension in January.
But in recent matches it has been David Luiz who has taken over the right sided-centre back berth, playing every minute of the last seven matches.
It seems a strange course of action for a player who is likely to be leaving the club come the end of the season.
When asked if he intended to extend the Brazilian’s contract in the summer Arteta remained non-committal, but didn’t close the door to the idea.
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“No, there are still a few months to go on that (contract talks),” he said in February.
“I all the time talk to him about this kind of thing so we’re in a good position.”
With Dinos Mavropanos and William Saliba also set to return from loan at the end of the season, making a decision on David Luiz’s future should be the near the top of Arteta’s to do list over the next two weeks.