Arsenal flattered by faulty Premier League table

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Arsenal have come in for a lot of praise this season.

Sitting top of the table - albeit by goal difference - and looking like genuine title contenders for the first time in years - apparently.

The signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid coupled with a run of 10 straight wins in all competitions has led Arsenal fans to believe that they're back in the running for silverware following a eight season hiatus.

But is the Premier League table lying to us?

No doubt that Arsene Wenger's side and his new super man Ozil have been impressive. Ignoring the opening day farce against Aston Villa, a solid looking defence and excellent coping of a horrid injury crisis offers encouragement.

It remains a fact, however, that Arsenal are yet to be truly tested with a hard run of games.

Whilst counterparts Manchester United have already faced Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, Arsenal have only faced Tottenham - at home - out of the big six teams.

In fact, when looking at the corresponding fixtures, Arsenal are five points worse off than they were last season.

They have played Aston Villa, Tottenham and Stoke at home and Fulham, Sunderland Swansea and West Brom away; gathering 16 points.

But last season, the same games reaped a maximum 21 point for the Gunners. In who's book does that signify improvement?

Their first tough test lies ahead in November as they face Chelsea in the League Cup, Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League and Manchester United and Liverpool in the Premier League in the space of 12 days. 

If they emerge with four wins, then we can start talking about silverware. A couple of defeats and they are truly back to square one. The temporarily silenced critics will be bating for blood once again and that new contract for Wenger may not look like such a good idea.

So be warned Arsenal fans - 'The Invincibles' have not been reincarnated. At least not yet.

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