This season so far has been one full of the usual dramas we all expect from English football, with constant debate over managerial suitability, injuries galore and some unexpected wins!

But there are three clubs in particular that stand out from the pack, not just for undeniable talent and top goal scoring, but because in comparison to their seasons last year, they have turned almost full circle.

Compared to their shocking starts to the 2012/13 season, in reverse order here are three clubs that have surprised us all…

3. Arsenal

Top runners Arsenal have had an almost impeccable start to 2013/14 - with just one Premier League loss in seven starts - and that was their first match back in August against Aston Villa.

Since then, The Gunners are unbeaten in their attempt at table domination, and have only been knocked off the top spot once by Liverpool on Saturday after their 3-1 over Crystal Palace.

On Sunday, 21-year-old Jack Wilshire's second-half strike ensured Arsenal wouldn't be second for long, returning them to the top spot with a point after their 1-1 draw to West Bromwich Albion.

Arsene Wenger's side have won five of their seven matches so far - last year they weren't looking this sharp with only three won, three drawn and one loss at the hands of boys in blue - Chelsea.

Wenger has been quoted in the last week praising his latest transfer, Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, saying he has lifted the belief in Arsenal and they are lucky to have him.

Ozil's deadline day transfer cost the Gunners a whopping £42.5 million, but it seems to have payed off with more games won at this point than any other season since 2009/10 where they also took home five wins.

2. Southampton

After the controversial sacking of Nigel Adkins back in January, fans weren't really sure where the Saints would head this season.

Former Argentina international Mauricio Pochettino took the reins, and so far this season it looks like Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese had a point when he said: "This decision has been made with long-term ambitions of the club in mind."

At this point last season, Saints had scooped only one win out of seven Premier League starts, suffering defeat at the hands of Manchester City and United, Wigan, and most memorably their shocking 6-1 defeat last September to current top-dogs Arsenal.

Currently fourth in the table, Saints have superseded expectations, and sit above all those who were able to beat them last season - bar Arsenal of course.

They have taken home four wins this season, and surprised fans with a 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield - who remained unbeaten at the time.

They were also the last team to beat Liverpool in the league with a 3-1 win at home back in March - providing a reality check for pace setters Liverpool that they no longer represent an 'easy' club to beat, as previous seasons suggested.

And to top it off, they have only lost one match so far - their 1-0 defeat to Norwich City - compared to last season's five losses that earmarks a significant improvement for the Saints.

1. Liverpool

No other team in the Premier League has made a jump so big this season compared to last - with the Red's notching up six wins out of their seven matches.

Last season however, was a very different story - only one league match at this point saw a win - the memorable 5-2 victory over Norwich City.

Unable to secure wins against West Brom, Manchester City and Sunderland clearly proved slightly embarrassing for the Red's, who have since shown an impressive turn around in form and made a remarkably different start to this season.

Bringing in Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea in January, as well as midfielders Joe Allen and Philippe Coutinho, has proved a smart move and has improved Liverpool's chance at title success.

This season has seen spectacular victories, most recently their 3-1 result over Crystal Palace, and Sunderland with the same finishing score.

Since the return of naughty-nibbler Luis Suarez from a ten match ban, the partnership between him and Sturridge has blossomed, pushing Liverpool higher in the league table still.

They briefly knocked Arsenal off the top spot on Saturday, as mentioned previously, and have shown promising form moving forwards to Saturday's match against West Brom.

Last time they met, the Anfield boys suffered a 2-0 defeat - that was back in February, and things are now looking up for Brendan Rodgers' men.

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