Arsenal will win the double this season. Bold? Sure. Believable? It should be.
The Gunners started the campaign miserably with that 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa.
But since then, Arsene Wenger's side have qualified from the most difficult Champions League group of the year, stormed to the top of the table and signed a certain German.
And yesterday, Wenger's men progressed through to the next stage of the FA Cup, at the expense of rivals Tottenham.
They've looked impressive, sure, but we've seen seen this before with the Gunners. Can they really mount a serious title challenge and win a domestic cup? Yes, and here's why:
Wenger has at his disposal the strongest midfield in the Premier League. A seemingly never-ending pool of tricky, talented playmakers are complimented by the steel of Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta.
Even a supposed weak forward line can boast Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski, and Theo Walcott. In fact, even Nicklas Bendtner has impressed this season.
Few teams in the league can afford to rest a centre-back of Thomas Vermaelen's quality, while four quality full-backs allows for regular rotation.
Arsenal have played fancy football for years, but when they were asked to play dirty, they revealed a soft underbelly.
Not this year. Grinding wins away to the likes of Newcastle and Cardiff - where rivals Chelsea and Manchester City have struggled - have proven the current crop's steel.
The addition of tough-tackling Mathieu Flamini has further increased the North London side's ability to roll their sleeves up (or cut them off in Flamini's case) when it matters.
Long gone are they days where Wenger can blame defeats on lack of maturity, age or experience - or indeed all of the three.
Arsenal have an experienced squad, with several players exceeding or approaching 100 international caps.
All around the pitch the Gunners field fully-fledged international footballers, and with many first-team stars approaching 30, they have the know how to hold firm.
A strange reason why Arsenal should win big this season, but consider it again.
Arsenal have thus far raced to the top of the Premier League, qualified from Europe and played breathtaking football without numerous first-team regulars.
Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott have both just returned having missed the majority of the first half of the season.
The Gunners have also coped without Olivier Giroud and the outstanding Aaron Ramsey in recent weeks.
Add to that the re-arrival of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and a potential late season boost from Abou Diaby and their achievements until now seem even more impressive.
With so many stars having sat much of the season out, they could be firing on all cylinders towards the latter stages of the season whilst others are burning out.
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