I'm so grateful for the reception that I got but I had a job to do and I wanted to make sure I played well.
So, now to the elephant in the room wearing the Arsenal shirt.
Despite playing just 60 minutes for the Under-23s last week, the Republic of Ireland captain - back in the first team since suffering a double leg break while on global duty last March - lasted the entire match as the Toffees secured a precious 2-1 win over Leicester City at Goodison. Arsene Wenger's side has won just three out of 13 away games in the top flight, comfortably the worst record in the top six. They have lost only one game at Emirates Stadium all season - a 1-3 defeat to Manchester United.
The visitors pushed for an equaliser but the game would in a precious win for the Toffees.
Though, January recruitment could go some way to fixing their broken side with Cenk Tosun and Theo Walcott coming in. Clean sheets are the most important thing.
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Sam Allardyce has tended to stick with what's worked in victories, rather than changing a winning side.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to make his league debut for Arsenal, but Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck remain sidelined with long-term injury concerns. I am delighted to be back and to put the jersey on again.
The latter scored two goals against Leicester and all eyes are on him ahead of this weekend.
Despite being separated by just two places in the table, the story couldnt be much more different for our hosts Everton.
Next up, the Gunners will collide against Everton on Saturday. Meanwhile, Aubameyang could feature despite suffering with a minor fever. Opta tell us he was involved in 172 goals in 213 matches for Borussia Dortmund, 141 of which he scored himself.
Walcott will get the chance to say a proper farewell to Arsenal fans and his old team-mates after 12 years at the club having arrived as a teenage sensation from Southampton.