Finally, finally after two turgid weeks of international dross (and one sparkling cameo from some young kid from Berkshire who scored a hat-trick), we can get back to the important business of real football.
The only benefit of this two week break is that it gives the likes of Abou Diaby and Tomas Rosicky a bit more time to get fit – but I suspect neither of them will be ready before the tail-end of October, sadly. How we could do with them in the squad.
The question is, which Arsenal will turn up tomorrow at Ewood Park?
Will it be the side that swept FC Twente and Newcastle away and brought back memories of the early stages of last season when mouth-watering football confirmed our place at the top table of the Beautiful Game?
Or will it be the side that faced Fulham in our second game of the season and barely registered a shot on target, let alone strung half a dozen passes together with any real conviction?
Apart from the obvious club over country sentiments I have, Arsenal are notoriously sluggish after an international break.
As discussed yesterday, playing away at Blackburn is one of the more hazardous trips we’re likely to face this season outside the Big Four (or is that Five now there’s been investment at Man Sheiky?)
There are doubts over Samir Nasri, who dropped out of the France squad with knee-knack earlier in the week – and with subsequent away games at Dynamo Kiev and Bolton, it would be foolhardy to risk him if there is any doubt over his fitness. Mikael Silvestre is also unfit, so he's not in contention.
Arsène Wenger has hinted that Theo Walcott will remain on the bench, as he did in our last match against Newcastle, so that leaves only one question – who will play on the left if Nasri is unfit, especially with Carlos Vela ruled out after a long journey back playing for Mexico.
Rovers have just signed Robbie Fowler, who could form a troublesome forward line with Roque Santa Cruz - the Scouser may be a spent force but he's always bee a thorn in our side.
Blackburn lost 4-1 against West Ham a fortnight ago but two of those goals were in stoppage time and they had another of their own ruled out unfairly, so they won't be walkovers.
My side would be:
Sagna – Gallas –Toure – Clichy
Eboue – Song – Fabregas – Walcott
Adebayor – van Persie
So what do you think? What side would you play against Blackburn tomorrow?