Arsenal are five points clear at the top of the Premier League after 10 games and have produced some really impressive performances so far this season.
Their most recent fine performance was the 2-0 victory over Liverpool at the Emirates. However, can it really be believed that they will continue their surge and still be in contention come the end of the season?
There is no doubt that they could do it. They have shown everyone why they can in the first 10 games and of course it is mathematically possible. However, technically it is still mathematically possible for any team in the league - including the lacklustre Crystal Palace, lying bottom with a meagre three points - to win the league. Therefore, the question is how seriously can the first 10 games be taken and are they really a good indicator as to how the next 28 will pan out?
Arsenal's first 10 fixtures have been as follows: Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa, Fulham 1-3 Arsenal, Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham, Sunderland 1-3 Arsenal, Arsenal 3-1 Stoke, Swansea 1-2 Arsenal, West Brom 1-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 4-1 Norwich, Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal, Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool.
There is no doubt that these show the promise. In particular the two impressive wins against Liverpool and Tottenham, both of which they kept clean sheets in as well. Furthermore, it must not be forgotten that Arsenal have been without some key players for long spells of the season; players such as Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla. This would suggest that, once every member of their squad is fit and in form, Arsenal can only get better.
However, there are some issues. Arsenal have not played a single member of the recognised 'big four' teams of last season in the Premier League so far this season.
It can be argued that the 'big four' teams are now irrelevant because of the emergence clubs like Liverpool, Tottenham and to a lesser extent Everton and Southampton, but there is no doubt that the former 'big four' are a good marker of where Arsenal are in regard to actually winning the league - particularly since two of those clubs, Chelsea and Man City, were and still are dubbed title favourites by many people. Moreover, both of Arsenal's impressive wins (against Liverpool and Tottenham) have come at home.
To add to the doubts, results in other competitions such as the League Cup and Champions League may suggest that Arsenal are not quite up for the title challenge.
The 2-1 loss to Chelsea in the League Cup may not be viewed directly as a particularly good indicator of how Arsenal will fare in the Premier League because of the lack of first team players, however, it did highlight Arsenal's lack of strength in depth, particularly when compared to Chelsea's strength in depth.
The statuses of the players playing that night within their respective squads were about equal, but Chelsea's team that night had more quality. Any more injuries for Arsenal would be bad news.
More still, the loss to Dortmund in the Champions League, unfortunate and undeserved though it was, may well be seen as a sign of Arsenal's inexperience at getting a good result against a top class opponent, even despite probably deserving it.
In conclusion, there is no doubt that Arsenal could win the Premier League. However, it cannot be said that they should do it for the simple reason that it is too early to tell.
The next few games will be a key indicator, particularly looking ahead to Manchester United away, Southampton at home, Man City away and Chelsea at home - all due within their next six Premier League fixtures.
It seems that it could be a pretty open season, maybe even right to the last day, and maybe, just maybe, Arsenal will win the Premier League.
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