It has been an interesting season for Arsenal as they finally adjust to life beyond Arsene Wenger and in truth it has been a positive campaign.
Unai Emery was always going to find it tough to turn the Gunners from a mediocre top six team into genuine top four contenders but with nine games left to go the club find themselves in with a genuine chance of regaining Champions League football.
A respectable 1-1 draw against Spurs was a further sign of progress as they went away from home against their biggest rivals and were perhaps a touch unlucky not to leave with all three points in their back pockets.
What's not up for question at Arsenal is the quality of their attack with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as good as any front two in the world but it is clearly at the other end where things are going to need to improve if the north London side are to make that next step forward in Emery's second season in charge.
The powers that be at the Emirates will know that strengthening a leaky defence is absolutely crucial this summer and here are two genuine options that should be on the shopping list...
The former Chelsea defender was signed by Bournemouth for £20m and he has virtually been an ever present on the south coast since making the big move. Pacey and good on the ball, the Dutch international must be being watched by a host of big clubs and that must include Arsenal you would imagine. Expect the Cherries star to leave Dean Court in the summer and the Emirates would be a sensible destination for the player, especially given the lack of quality in that current Gunners squad.
Nacho Monreal has done a sterling job at Arsenal in recent years but he is already been linked with a move to Barcelona and that means a new full-back is a must for Emery this summer. Tierney has been pulling up trees for Celtic over the past couple of years and now is the time for him to finally get his move down south, sooner rather than later. The youngster has been a captain for both Celtic and Scotland already during his career and has all the leadership qualities that Arsenal need if they are to shore up that leaky back door, whilst also offering a major threat in attacking areas.
Arsenal are not in the same financial position as some of their rivals at the top of the league but there is talent out there within their market and it has to be the defensive areas which receive the most attention at the end of the campaign. A strong start for Unai but the work is just beginning...