Arsene Wenger must be pretty pleased with how Arsenal have started the season.
November is traditionally the time when the Gunners start to falter, and though they've been reacquainted with their old friend fourth-place in the Premier League table, all the indications are there that they're still very much in the title race.
Off the field, Le Professeur's one major concern will be the failure of his two key men, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, to sign new deals.
Until they commit to staying in north London, speculation is going to continue over their futures. Barely a day goes by when a rumour doesn't surface about Ozil going back to Real Madrid, and his latest comments are only going to add fuel to the fire.
While he insisted he was happy at Arsenal, he wouldn't rule out a return to the Bernabeu, telling Marca:
"I am very happy playing in such a big club like Arsenal, which has amazing fans and they also encourage me a lot. I am playing very well in London, but in football you never know ... We'll see what happens in the future."
That's a typically cryptic response from the playmaker, who seems to be holding out for a pay rise if he does stay at the Emirates. The Germany international spoke glowingly of Real boss Zinedine Zidane, however, adding:
"Zidane was always my idol. Since childhood I wanted to be like him."
Talk like that is hardly going to put fans of his current club at ease, while he also confirmed he stays in contact with Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos.
With seven goals already this season, Ozil has started to improve the one area of his game which has always been somewhat lacking, making him even more appealing to Europe's top clubs.
Los Blancos' transfer ban is going to prevent them signing anyone until 2018, but all Ozil has done is open the door for a return in the future. Make of that what you will.
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