It has been a refreshing but yet surprising start for Arsenal this season as they still sit top of the Premier league table going into a incredibly important period before Christmas.

This could be the most vital period in a season for the club in years, with the arrival of Mesut Ozil the club is buoyant, positive and confident. This has brought an encouraging run of results and a style of play that has been reminiscent of the booming days of Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry.

The emergence of British players such as Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs can not be taken lightly and the core within the starting eleven is strong, one of the strongest in the country. This is why Arsenal see themselves setting the pace as they have been since the defeat on the opening day.

Arsenal face the surprise package of the season in the form of the visit of Everton on Sunday, which is followed by a trip to Jekyll and Hyde side Manchester City, who look formidable at home but very inconsistent on the road, and they then host Jose Mourinho's Chelsea two days before festivities begin.

The Toffees visit the Emirates after a very impressive away win at Old Trafford. It was their first win there in 11 attempts and was achieved by playing some very good football in the process. This is not going to be easy for Arsenal who will be expected to take all three points but will definitely know they have been in a game come the final whistle.

One player who has caught the eye of many, is on loan striker Romelu Lukaku who has been fearless in his performances this season. However, the player that Wenger's men need to be very wery of is one Bryan Oviedo.

The Costa Rica international has been a worthy understudy to Leighton Baines and has been given his chance with the injury to the England left back. He has scored two goals in two games and, with Bacaru Sagna likely to still be missing, the battle between Everton's left hand side and the Arsenal right could be a key factor in deciding the outcome.

Arsenal may welcome back Theo Walcott who will most certainly test Oviedo defensively. Olivier Giroud should also be back in the fold after his midweek rest along with Gibbs.

This game will definitely be one for the purists. Two managers who will set out to win and entertain, as has been the case for both so far this season with both sides winning plaudits in the media.

Arsenal then have tricky games against Manchester City away at the Etihad Stadium six days later followed by hosting Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.

These three Premier League games will be a huge indication of not only Arsenal's title credentials but the credentials of their opponents also. If the Gunners can remain unbeaten or take a minimum of six-seven points from these matches, then just maybe this season's dream can become reality.

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