The 3-1 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday was Arsenal's ninth successive away win, and the seventh in the Premier League.

Arsenal's 2001/02 run of eight away league wins is the current record, when they won the league by seven points.

Back then - over a decade ago - Arsenal's first team included the likes of Tony Adams, Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry. This season, the signing of German international Mesut Özil has undoubtedly improved the quality of the team, but the depth of this Arsenal team compared to the aforementioned title winners is worryingly thin.

Lacking a recognised striker signing in the summer, Arsenal are gambling on the fitness of Olivier Giroud, who was substituted with an injury against Sunderland. But despite the lack of depth up front and in defence for Arsenal, the last away game they've failed to win was the 2-1 loss to Tottenham in March that kickstarted their run to a fourth-place finish.

There is a real sense from the Arsenal team that this team can push on. Players and manager alike have been vocal in the press that the confidence around the squad has never been better. And this confidence will be needed going into a tough Champions League campaign. Arsenal's group includes Dortmund, Napoli and Marseille, and is probably the toughest group of this season's draw.

Dortmund, Napoli and Arsenal will all take points from each other, meaning Arsenal's group will be decided on the results against Marseille. Although they are the weakest team in the group, the French side not to be taken lightly - boasting the talents of Mathieu Valbuena, the Ayew brothers and rumoured Arsenal target Florian Thauvin.

If Arsenal win their home games and beat Marseille away, they will qualify - meaning if they continue their impressive away record on Wednesday night, they will be in the driving seat at this early stage of the competition. The confidence is high, and with Giroud's return to the squad after an injury scare, Arsenal have every chance to take maximum points at the Stade Velodrome.


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