In no uncertain terms, the club's season very much rests on the Europa League and anything but success would spell trouble both in the short and possibly long term too.
In the end, it turned out to be one of Arsenal's best performances of the season. No ifs, no buts, they were excellent from start to finish and were full value for the win.
Arteta and his staff can consider this first leg something of a let-off but it's a courtesy they won't be afforded again. Play like this next week and it's season over.
In the end, things just didn't work out for Unai and his team in London - perhaps we were a little harsher on him than he deserved
VAR calls happen with such frequency now that scoring a goal is essentially a 50/50 for this team. Once the ball crosses the line, it's anyone's guess as to whether it will be allowed.
As fans, we have a certain amount of responsibility as custodians of the club, to ensure it reflects and respects its history, its foundations and its community.
It is Jack and the Beanstalk brought to life; the priceless Arsenal cow long nurtured traded for the magic beans of the European Super League. At least Jack ended up with a beanstalk and an adventure...
We have sacrificed our soul in the pursuit of extra millions and a place in which to place our snout in the trough.
The reality is that we only managed a point. It wasn't the best performance you'll ever see from an Arsenal side but it wasn't especially bad. It was very much a performance that reflects not only our season but also our current situation with injuries and the European focus.
Have we taken a step forward or a step back?