The 17th week of Premier League fixtures come to a close, as does this article, with Monday's match between Reading and Arsenal.
Both sides are struggling for form and when they meet on Monday, logic would dictate that something's gotta give.
In their last home match, Brian McDermott's side will feel that they probably deserved a point against Manchester United.
Instead, they lost out by the odd goal in seven and they've lost their last five games on the bounce, scoring in just two of those.
It's a time of the season that is going to determine how Reading will fare going forward.
There are going to be a lot of games coming thick and fast over the next few weeks and McDermott will find out a hell of a lot about the character of his players as things start getting tough.
I almost laughed when I read that Danny Guthrie refused to travel with the rest of the Reading team to Sunderland for their crucial game last Tuesday because he wasn't mentally ready.
After the game, McDermott told BBC Radio Berkshire (via the BBC Sport website):
Danny decided his head was not right to travel yesterday morning [Monday]... You'll have to ask him why that is. It's not helpful as we need our players going in the right direction.
Of course, the only person who knows the reason is Danny Guthrie, but you'd have thought that he'd want to help his team-mates to get out of what's already looking like a relegation battle.
In Guthrie's absence, Reading lost 3-0 at Sunderland to leave them six points adrift of safety.
I understand that Guthrie hadn't played for a few weeks, but his manager's right.
If they're to get out of this mire, Reading need everyone pulling in the right direction because they don't have a massive squad.
I just hope that, for Guthrie's sake, this can be sorted out.
Although they've been without a win since mid-November, McDermott will be confident that, after the way his side played against Manchester United a couple of weeks ago, Reading can pile more pressure on Arsenal.
Talking of Arsenal, they're heading to the Madejski on Monday in probably the worst form that they've been in since Arsene Wenger took over.
Don't let last Saturday's result fool you.
Arsenal were very lucky to beat West Brom at the Emirates.
There were two dubious decisions which led to the penalties that won the game for Arsenal.
I came across an interesting fact when I was reading about The Gunners this week.
Since they walloped Southampton 6-1 at the Emirates on September 23rd, Arsenal have won just four of their last 12 league games.
For a side that harbour ambitions of finishing in the top four and winning the title every season, that's just not good enough.
Arsene Wenger's belief in his players is commendable, but surely the time has come where he's got to admit that he's made mistakes and that his current squad aren't good enough.
Even last night, when Arsenal were unceremoniously dumped out of the Capital One Cup by lowly Bradford City, Wenger still stood by his players.
Speaking after the game (sourced from an article by Richard Rae on The Independent newspaper's website), Wenger said:
You feel embarrassed when you don't give everything. I feel they will be more frustrated and disappointed [than embarrassed].
I understand that, sometimes in football, these things happen.
Cup shocks are a thing of beauty and they're why we, as football fans, get so excited about them.
However, on paper, Arsenal should've wiped the floor with them.
Too many players these days (and this isn't specific to Arsenal) think that all they've got to do against smaller clubs is show up and they'll win.
That's a disrespectful and arrogant way to go about your business in any walk of life.
I think the time has come for Wenger to admit that some of his players aren't strong enough mentally, or good enough technically, to wear an Arsenal shirt, but his pride won't let him admit that.
How many of the current Arsenal squad would've got in to their Champions League final squad in 2006?
Two, maybe three at a push, but that's it.
It seems ridiculous to suggest that Arsene Wenger is under pressure, given everything that he's achieved during his tenure at the club, but that's the situation he's faced with.
Since 2005, they've won nothing and the fans, starved of success and paying the highest ticket prices in the country, have the right to voice their displeasure at what they're seeing.
Wenger has to do something and there would be no better time for that than at the Madejski on Monday night.
I said earlier that Brian McDermott would find out a hell of a lot about the character of his players over the next few weeks.
Arsene Wenger is in the same position.
Last season, he had Robin van Persie to get him out of sticky situations.
This time, he doesn't and it's time for his players to stand up and be counted.
This match will be nervy, tense and probably decided by the odd goal.
If Reading play the way they did against Manchester United a couple of weeks ago, Arsenal will leave with their tails between their legs.
I just think that, as a squad, the Reading players will be hungrier than Arsene's troops and there'll be intense pressure on Wenger's men after another disappointing performance.
My Prediction: Reading 2-1 Arsenal