New Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been tasked with steering the Gunners back into the Premier League's top four this term after they missed out on Champions League qualification for the last two seasons running.
Following defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea to start the season, Arsenal made it back-to-back wins by seeing off West Ham and then Cardiff City 3-2 before the global break. Here for me it isn't for a lot of the time speaking about what people are telling us. But Emery is hoping the extra rest and training sessions during the global break - the first since Ozil announced his retirement from Germany - will help the star midfielder find his feet again.
"I want to find with him the possibility to do the best, to make decisive passes, to do more near and in the box to score", Emery said ahead of Saturday's trip to Newcastle.
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We have no fresh injury concerns to worry about as all our players returned unscathed from worldwide duty but Laurent Koscielny is still out as he continues to work his way back from Achilles surgery.
"The reason for Mesut is important for me also, this focus every day with us, a relaxing three days off at the weekend".
Chief executive Ivan Gazidis' future looks less certain, though, with AC Milan having re-opened negotiations with him.
Rafael Benitez believes Unai Emery was the ideal candidate to succeed Arsene Wenger. We will try to set a team up that can win with the tactics, and that's what I have to do. He is very convinced about that in my conversations with him about it.