In stark contrast to all the worries and woes concerning Arsenal's credentials this campaign, their perennial tag of early seasonal contenders seems to have been shaken off.

The Gunners sit at the Premier League summit having amassed a very healthy 15 points from their opening six games and, on the back of a ten-game winning streak, have been tipped as realistic contenders to go all the way.

Despite all that though there does remain a few key issues that Arsene Wenger must address if he is to guarantee a season-long sustainable challenge coming from the Emirates this year.

With a couple of astute additions in January the current Arsenal side could move from being a surprise package to genuine title favourites.

The decision to entice Real Madrid into parting with playmaking maestro Mesut Ozil was a masterstroke by Arsene Wenger but for me they shouldn't stop there.

Due to their ever-controversial Galactico regime, Madrid have a tendency of hoarding a vast majority of world-class players, and leaving many of them on the bench.

The dutch triumvirate of Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart are stellar examples of players who failed to make the grade at the Bernabeu but went on to shine at other clubs. The subsequent result of such a system means that Madrid don't necessarily need the players they deem to be surplus, and so are often open to selling them to other clubs.

Furthermore, it's no secret that Ozil wasn't the only Madridsta that Wenger was pursuing over the summer.

Reports suggested he was also keen on bringing Angel di Maria and more notably Karim Benzema to the Emirates, but negotiations never really went further than a declaration of interest.

Arsenal should reaffirm this interest in January and look to bring both Di Maria and Benzema to north London. Another potential world-class acquisition is Iker Casillas, the long-serving yet now estranged 'keeper who it seems is now destined to play second fiddle to Diego Lopez under Carlo Ancelotti's rule.

The three of them would come at a steep price, this much is undoubtable, but in the long run they would most certainly give Arsenal the edge over their immediate Premier League rivals.

Karim Benzema would be perfect either to partner fellow countryman Olivier Giroud up top, or at least provide fierce competition for the spot. Aside from Giroud Arsenal have no natural goal scorers to fall back on, and the Madrid supporters have let it be known through their belligerent booing that they want their French striker to leave so that Alvaro Morata can take the reigns up front.

Di Maria is another world-class playmaker of the same ilk as Mesut Ozil. The Argentine is easily better than any of the Gunners' current wide men and capable of putting the scare into any full-back. If he should lose his position upon Gareth Bale's return from injury then his availability may be of definite interest to Wenger.

The other position in desperate need of some top quality bolstering is the one that is perhaps one of the most important. Wojciech Szczesny is developing slowly, but he remains the subject of debatable reliability for most Arsenal fans and could do with a challenger who is capable of putting his position under realistic threat.

Casillas has inexplicably lost his right to play for Madrid in La Liga and, despite being considered as one of the most competent 'keepers in football, would probably be allowed to leave in January if he asked for a move.

The Madrid trio won't be easy to come by in one bundle, but it's definitely something Wenger should take into consideration.

The acquirement of at least two of them would give Arsenal a superior edge over all but the very best teams in the league, and the capture of all three would virtually make them favourites to continue their winning form post-January and eventually take the title home.

Benzema, Di Maria, Casillas, three men, one massive difference.

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