Arsenal have taken the Barclays Premier League by storm this season.
As is the norm, the Gunners are one of the most attractive teams to watch, but the marked difference is the way they have married the attractive football with a consistency and solidity that was missing previously.
After a shaky first game against Aston Villa, they have been on a steep upward trajectory.
Aaron Ramsey is playing like a man on a mission, the imperious Mesut Ozil has provided a fresh impetus that this team needed, and Olivier Giroud is finally replicating his form at Montpellier.
And let’s not forget the impact of Mathieu Flamini. Everyone’s been raving about Ozil, but Flamini has been a crucial cog in the Arsenal midfield with his disciplined displays.
Flamini is a player’s player. His game is not spectacular, his contributions are appreciated more by the players than the supporters.
It has been a stupendous start but the statistics point out a reason to be cautious, Arsenal have had 19 points from eight games in the league this season.
If you consider their results against the same teams last season in the same fixtures - at home against Villa, Spurs, Norwich and Stoke and away against Fulham, Sunderland, Swansea and West Brom - Arsenal are actually five points worse off.
These stats are misleading in a sense because they fail to take into account the fact that Arsenal have put together a string of wins in all competitions and the fact that Arsenal have been consistent with results and consistently brilliant with their football.
But at the same time, the numbers also serve as a warning to not get carried away with the hugely impressive start.
So far so good for the club, but they have a tough set of fixtures ahead.
Now comes the real test of their credentials.
A run of fixtures that consists of Chelsea and Liverpool at home, followed by away matches to Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund will provide a better barometer of the progress made by Wenger’s team.
Early ‘squeaky-bum’ time commences for Arsenal Football Club.
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