Arsenal have had a terrific start to the Premier League season, currently lying in first place in the Premier League, winning six out of their first eight games.
Since losing their opening game of the campaign at home to Aston Villa in what was a very dismal performance by the Gunners, Arsene Wenger’s team have really kicked on.
With record signing Mesut Ozil living up to expectation, Aaron Ramsey finding the form of his life, and Oliver Giroud looking as dangerous a front-man as anyone else in the league, the Gunners looked to have finally found a winning formula.
Yet while they leave us in awe week-in week-out, have the team that are looking to win their first league title in 10 years really been tested yet?
The answer to this is simply, no.
Yes they may have faced and beaten their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, but it was a Spurs team made up of several new faces, and the result could have quite easily gone the other way.
Now although there are no easy games in the Premier League, they are some that are a lot harder than the others, and Arsenal are yet to be involved in any of these games.
On Tuesday we saw them in action against last year’s Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund.
Although Arsenal were probably the better side, the German’s proved too much for the Gunners, beating them 2-1 through a late Robert Lewandowski goal.
On Saturday, Wenger takes his team to Selhurst Park in a game that could be seen in two very different ways.
It could prove to be the perfect game for Arsenal to show their mentality and hit back with a strong win against a team who already look destined for the drop this year.
However it could also be an extremely difficult game as all of the pressure is on Wenger’s side, and we all know how this could work in Palace’s favour.
Regardless of this result however it is the following four fixtures that could make or break Arsenal’s season.
First they host Chelsea in the Capital One Cup, followed by a return to Premier League action against an in-form Liverpool side.
After this they have two extremely difficult away games. The Gunners travel to Germany to face the same Dortmund side that got the better of them on Tuesday night, and then they have to go to Old Trafford to play a Manchester United side who have a huge point to prove.
These games provide the Gunners with their first stern test of the season, and in just under three weeks time we may well see the Arsenal that we have been familiar with in the past few years.
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