Arsenal trequartista Mesut Ozil, 25, who returned to first team duty for the first time in five weeks in the 3-0 victory over Hull City last weekend, believes that win represents a turning point in what has been an otherwise plight in the calendar year to date.
In the first half of the season, the Gunners looked like the most majestic domestic team, however, since the turn of the year they have become increasingly unstuck, returned undesirable performances and results, and have plummeted from top spot in the Premier League, to a temporary slot in fifth, to their current fourth-place ranking.
They still have much to fight for, though, as pointed out by Ozil in a message to his 17m fans on Facebook, who issued a rallying cry in the club's push for top four security and the FA Cup trophy.
He said: "I'm still happy about the fact that I was able to play last Sunday and we even won 3-0. I think that we are on the way up after a rather difficult time."
The German international continued: "There are only two goals for the rest of the season: to be among the first four of the Premier League and to win my first title this year in the UK - the F.A. Cup! All we need is four 90 minutes of full concentration and it's all in our hands.
"I can't wait to play for the first time in Wembley Stadium as a Gunner after missing the semi final due to my injury."
Concluding, he said: "Herewith I want to thank all who supported me during the last weeks - especially you! I constantly follow your comments on Facebook. I was really happy about all the get well soon wishes during these difficult moments.