Arsenal fans have been pleasantly surprised at the team's recent wins in the Premier League and Champions League.
They should not be, though, because the run at the end of last season showed the team's capabilities and resilience. One month into the start of the new season, the Gunners are a point behind league leaders Liverpool and have already garnered the first win of the group stages of a tricky group in the Champions League.
The goals have come from striker Olivier Giroud and midfielder Aaron Ramsey, both of whose performance have been so pleasantly surprising that if a year ago these two players were predicted to be the top scorers for the club, the suggestions would not have been taken seriously. The start to the season has been as unprecedented as it has been unexpected.
While the performances on the pitch have been heart warming, a look at the subs bench reveals a lack of options that threatens to derail the successful start to the season. Injuries to half of the starting line up has been glossed over by the optimism of the big name signing of Mesut Ozil and the enterprise and form of Ramsey and Giroud.
But to expect these two to stay fit and keep firing over a long and challenging season, especially over the coming couple of months when by Arsene Wenger's own admission his team will be in action once every few days, is being too optimistic.
Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo are all out injured, and all except the last named will be hoping to make the first team once fit. Their return to fitness cannot come soon enough for Wenger ,who saw Theo Walcott score his first of the season in Marseille - a sumptuous first time volley - and will be expecting the young Englishman to find the net more often in the coming games.
This spate of injuries to key players may well be glossed over by the momentum generated by Ramsey and Giroud, but to maintain a sustained title-winning effort will require luck with injuries for Wenger or some more additions to the squad in the January transfer window. Otherwise, a good start may not translate into success in the season.
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