Despite an uneasy start to Arsenal's campaign, with a shocking 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa at home, the Gunners have recouped their dignity and have performed marvellously in recent games.

Since their loss on the opening day, Arsenal have seen off the likes of Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland, Stoke City and Swansea, whilst also being clinical in the UEFA Champions League, with two wins from two - topping their group.

Recent signing Mezut Ozil, brought from La Liga giants Real Madrid for a reported £42.5 million, has proved to very successful, shining in the Premier League and also in the Champions League, scoring his first goal - a sublime half-volley against Napoli earlier this week.

Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud have also put in some spectacular performances in recent games, contributing all the more to Arsenal's fantastic form - placing them top of the Premier League.

Such striking form has led people to suggest that Arsenal are strong title contenders this season. The question that remains is: can they keep it up?

Considering the injury epidemic at the club, with the Gunners lacking the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski, and long-term Abou Diaby, the club are performing exceptionally well.

Recently injured England forward Theo Walcott is expected to make his return in a few weeks, following the International break - whilst Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla is expected to return for this weekend's away fixture against West Bromwich Albion. Some might argue that subject to the return of these talented individuals, the club will only improve its current team-form. 

With such impressive performances in all competitions, there is little criticism to be made of Arsenal - with one exception: a lack of clean sheets.

But the Gunners still need to improve at the back. Arsenal fans, although currently enjoying an uncharacteristically fabulous side, should perhaps be wary of their defensive weakness. Compared to teams like Manchester United and Chelsea, Arsenal have had relatively easy fixtures, and so their performances have perhaps been enhanced by this.

It is conceivable that Arsenal will have more trouble when competing in later stages of the Champions League, or even up against more threatening sides in the Premier League.

All this negativity is not to suggest Arsenal do not have a shot at the title. With such undeniable talent in the likes of recent signing Ozil, and goal-scoring form of both Aaron Ramsey and French striker Giroud, it would be ill-advised to suggest anything other than top four, but this might be merely a reminder of the significance of a resolute defence.

As we have seen in recent years, the title is not always won by the most effective strike force, but sometimes by the most disciplined of defences.

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