The Gunners next seven fixtures read as...
Sat 11 Feb - Sunderland v Arsenal (EPL)
Wed 15 Feb - AC Milan v Arsenal (UCL)
Sat 18 Feb - Sund/Midd v Arsenal (FAC)
Sun 26 Feb - Arsenal v Tottenham (EPL)
Sat 3 Mar - Liverpool v Arsenal (EPL)
Tues 6 Mar - Arsenal v AC Milan (UCL)
Mon 12 Mar - Arsenal v Newcastle (EPL)
There are no two ways around it; Arsenal's next seven fixtures are about as tough as they could get, yet there is always optimism.
Sunderland are the form team in the EPL and have taken more points (7-2-2 record) than every other team since Martin O'Neill took over in December. AC Milan are perennial Champions League contenders while Spurs, Liverpool and Newcastle are all battling it out with the Gunners for the European spaces.
Looking ahead, it is very conceivable that Arsenal could easily pass Milan to the quarterfinals of the UCL, but taking full points from the four EPL games during this period will be an almost impossible task, especially given current form.
The best I can predict is a possible five from 12 points available, which may not be enough come the end of the season with progress in the Champions League and the FA Cup, unless Middlesbrough beat Sunderland this Wednesday.
When all is said and done, the 7-1 win was very much needed, but it might only paper over the cracks before the real nitty-gritty starts next week.