And welcome to this Friday night clash between the eighth and ninth-placed teams in the Premier League.
Mikel Arteta’s side are three points behind visitors Everton having played a game more. And, like all six of England’s Super League rebels, Arsenal have had a nice quiet week in the build-up to this one.
The backlash to the doomed breakaway plot continues, with Arsenal fans voicing their fury at the owners for their involvement in the scheme with a protest outside the Emirates this evening.
Everton, meanwhile, are hoping to keep European hopes of their own (although based on domestic qualification rather than a closed-shop approach) alive.
Their manager Carlo Ancelotti admits he would have gladly accepted their current situation had he been offered it at the start of the season – despite some recent struggles Everton are just six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand.
Although they have taken just three points from their last five Premier League matches to dilute hopes of Champions League qualification Ancelotti said his players were ready for the run-in.
“A lot of times we could do better but, honestly, at the beginning (of the season) if they say to me ‘You will be there to fight with seven games to go’ I would sign the document without a problem,” he said.
“I think we have no regrets: it is true at home we lost some points but it is also true we had an unbelievable away run against strong teams.
“We have to keep fighting for these seven games because it will be really important for the future of this club and it could be a fantastic step forward in only one year.
“It is a really competitive final period of the season and I think we are ready. It is true we didn’t have a good moment in the last month, now we have a lot of players available.”
Returning to the Everton squad after absences of varying lengths are leading scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin, defender Yerry Mina, midfielders Andre Gomes and Fabian Delph and forward Bernard, leaving just Abdoulaye Doucoure (ankle) and Jean-Philippe Gbamin (knee) on the injured list.
That could be just the boost they need after more than six weeks without a win, having had to field patched-up teams.
They were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Tottenham last week and Ancelotti saw positive signs in that performance which he wants replicated for the rest of the campaign.