Arsenal finally reaping the benefits of consistent approach

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As Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey emphatically silenced the hoards of goading home supporters with his eighth goal of the season on Saturday that helped Arsenal to a hard-fought 2-1 win over Swansea City, elsewhere the Gunners' direct rivals were continuing to struggle to adapt after a summer of constant change and upheaval.

Prior to the start of the 2013/14 campaign, few would have predicted that Arsenal would sit comfortably at the summit of the Premier League table approaching October - fewer still after witnessing the abject horror that was the club's humiliating 3-1 opening day defeat at the hands of Paul Lambert's youthful Aston Villa outfit.

But, despite the rather gloomy pre-season predictions, Arsene Wenger's men have amassed 15 points from their subsequent five top-flight fixtures and are currently two points clear of nearest challengers Liverpool.

While the Gunners appear to be blending terrifically well and staying admirably strong despite a series of potentially harmful injury woes, each of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are seemingly struggling to get to grips with a succession of changes.

At Old Trafford, David Moyes is evidently finding it immensely difficult after succeeding the iconic figure of Sir Alex Ferguson while Manuel Pellegrini's City were again punished for a worrying lack of defensive concentration and Chelsea limped to a draw against rivals Tottenham with Jose Mourinho's heralded second coming at Stamford Bridge still shrouded in controversy over high-profile absentees.

While those aforementioned teams have enjoyed various success over the past few seasons, Wenger and Arsenal were fiercely criticised for a lack of trophies that stretches all the way back to 2005.

While such criticism was perhaps merited to a degree, what we appear to be seeing now is Arsenal finally benefitting from such commendable commitment to a familiar approach.

The summers of frugal spending and lack of available finances to replace a number of star players was undeniably a huge source of frustration for supporters, but such a painful period appears to finally have come to a halt as evidenced by the club-record £42.5 million signing of Mesut Ozil and the subtle hints that there are more substantial funds available to lavish upon star quality.

It would have been perfectly easy and even somewhat understandable if the club had decided to dispense of their long-serving boss in recent seasons. That they didn't is a testament to their commitment and belief in the Frenchman's obvious experience and talents.

Now the era of frugality and restricted finances at the Emirates Stadium appears to be at an end, Wenger is the perfect man to preside over a welcome new dawn. With considerable spending power now reportedly at his disposal and a famously aesthetically-pleasing playing style now being seemingly complemented by a new-found steely resolve to grind our positive results when the team are not firing on all cylinders, the future is looking exceedingly bright for the 63-year-old and he will surely be persuaded to extend his stay at Arsenal.

It remains to be seen at this stage if Wenger's charges have what it takes to maintain their truly excellent form and mount a serious and sustained bid for Premier League glory. However, if they can do just that, then it would be abundantly clear that the North Londoners are finally reaping the benefits from their unwavering faith and consistent approach in the face of frequent and markedly unpleasant criticism.

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