Arsenal have come a long way since their opening day home defeat to Aston Villa in August.

What a contrast for the players and Arsene Wenger - from being booed off the pitch against Villa to a standing ovation after their easy victory against a highly-rated Napoli side in the Champions League this week.

The north London club currently top the Premier League with five straight victories after their opening day debacle against Villa.

They now seem to be more solid as a team with flair in midfield and a real cutting edge up front.

The signing of Mesut Ozil for a record £42.4m has catapulted the Gunners to seriously challenge for silverware this season. Although Wenger spent a lot of money on the German midfielder I don't see it as a risky purchase and Ozil has already shown his class.

His goal against Napoli was one of the best finishes you could wish to see and his all-round play will unlock many defences this season.

However, it is not just about Ozil.

Arsenal have many exceptional players and the key for Wenger will be to keep them fit for the majority of the season if they are to maintain their challenge for the Premier League and other trophies.

Aaron Ramsey is like a new signing for the club. He has clearly worked hard to recover from his injury problems and he is now reaping the rewards.

His performances so far have been nothing short of world-class which Arsenal are clearly benefiting from. His eight goals already this season are an added bonus to the side.

The signing of Mathieu Flamini was a real coup for Wenger. A free transfer, Flamini and fellow midfielder Arteta do a quiet but effective job in midfield for the Gunners allowing others such as Ozil, Ramsey and Wilshere to add their flair and creativity influencing the play further up the field.

Up front Olivier Giroud has started to find the back of the net consistently this season. He has already bagged six goals and looks to be a threat in the air and on the ground. He is benefiting greatly from the creativity and quality of those around him.

Competition for places is the key and Arsenal now have this in depth. Wenger can rotate and rest his players at the moment and the benefits of that cannot be underestimated during a long hard season.

Do Arsenal fans feel that they need to strengthen further in January? If so, which positions should they concentrate on?

Whilst others in the Premier League, such as both Manchester clubs and Chelsea, have stuttered so far Arsenal have swept aside all before them playing football in a style that is eye-catching for their supporters and neutrals alike. Can they now maintain their form?

The pre-season criticism surrounding Wenger, and his lack of activity in the transfer market, looks to be a distant memory now and the banner 'In Arsene we trust', which is seen at the Emirates Stadium on match days, has never been more applicable and truthful.

Arsenal supporters: Do you believe your club can maintain this form and seriously challenge for the Premier League title this season?


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