It's been a tough few days for Arsenal.
News of Theo Walcott's six-month injury lay-off, as well as confirmation that Abou Diaby will be out for the whole season, has been greeted with no concrete developments on the hunt for a new striker.
But the simple fact remains: the Gunners are still top of the Premier League.
And midfielder Tomas Rosicky is confident this could be their year.
"It was a bit bumpy when we lost against Manchester City and drew against Everton," he told Arsenal's official website. "But you will always have phases like that in a year so that's nothing new.
"This team has more experience than it did in the past. We have [Per] Mertesacker, [Mesut] Ozil, who won things in Madrid and the other experienced boys like Mikel [Arteta] and [Mathieu] Flamini.
"Plus the English boys are not kids anymore, they gained experience through the years of playing here so that's why I think we have the maturity to do it this year.
"The most important thing is that you never give up and always try to go for it. Like the game against West Ham, yes it will happen that the [other] team will score against you but you always have to carry on and that's what the boys did. It was very positive."
Indeed, while Arsenal's first-team players continue to deliver, Rosicky's point about their up and coming youngsters is apt.
Even further down, the likes of Chuba Akpom can always deputise, should Arsene Wenger decide to keep him and others at the club instead of loaning them out. The signs are looking good.
Is Tomas Rosicky right? Could this be Arsenal's year?
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