Arsenal are one of six sides vying for a spot in the Premier League top four this year and will need all the firepower at their disposal to get them over the line.
With the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool running away with the league, it is up to Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham and the Gunners to conjure up a challenge.
It requires the sturdiest personalities and the biggest of superstars to get their respective clubs over the line.
So it may come as a surprise that a player with the talent of Mesut Ozil has been taking a backseat in Unai Emery’s side.
The German has not played a single minute of action this season so far.
It is true that the playmaker was the subject of a gang attack, but his team-mate Sead Kolasinec was also involved and has been back in the first-team since.
For a player on such extortionate wages at the Emirates, Arsenal chiefs should be worried about his situation.
But what will soften the blow is the emergence of Matteo Guendouzi – who was simply sublime against Tottenham in the north London derby.
The Frenchman was the heart and soul of Arsenal’s midfield and was the catalyst for the club’s comeback.
With the Gunners trailing 2-0 to Spurs in the first-half, the game needed someone to take it by the scruff of the neck and rope Arsenal back into it.
So it came as a surprise when 20-year-old Guendouzi stepped up – but anyone who has tracked the ex-Lorient man will know this is his game.
Alexandre Lacazette grabbed a goal to make the scores 2-1 before the break but that would not have happened if not for Guendouzi’s quick thinking.
A shanked clearance from Davinson Sanchez fell to the youngster, who instinctively pinged the ball straight back into the mix – finding Nicolas Pepe with a fine pass.
The Ivorian then set up Lacazette to score – who made a brilliant touch to take the ball past Jan Vertonghen before smashing the ball past Hugo Lloris.
But the Poissy-born ace saved the best for the second-half when he played in an exquisite ball for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score the equaliser.
It was a ball that Ozil, watching from the bench, would have been proud of – but as it happens, he may have watched on with an envious eye.
Even with a sub left, Emery opted to leave the former Real Madrid man among the substitutes – and that is probably the best Ozil can hope for now.
Guendouzi is not going anywhere – he is one of the first names on the teamsheet at Arsenal – and on yesterday’s evidence it is not hard to see why.