A bold start to the season has already seen their Premier League outright winner odds tumble in to 5/1, but Arsenal’s price could be set for further shrinkage when play resumes after the international break.
The injured men due to return in late October provided 37 goals and 30 assists in 2012/13.
The Gunners have been faring handsomely without Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski for much of their bright start to the campaign.
However, when it’s considered the trio contributed to 67 of their side’s 72 Premier League goals last season it’s clear what a shot in the arm their return will be for the already exciting Arsenal attacking unit.
Quite apart from an ability to serve up or wolf down scoring opportunities, Walcott and Podolski will also offer Arsene Wenger the tactical gift of width, further enhancing the offensive geometry of an attack that has been naturally narrower in their absence.
Norwich, Crystal Palace and Liverpool are Arsenal’s first three post-international break fixtures.
The fixture list offers the league-leaders an opportunity to blast off towards Christmas with some eminently-digestible dishes to ease them back into the action after the World Cup qualifiers.
Arsenal have rattled in at least three goals in each of the Canaries’ last three trips to the Emirates, while Palace have lost all but one of their eight games this season.
The home visit of Liverpool in early November will be a stern test, but one that if passed could hand the Gunners a little bit of space to draw breath and enjoy the view from the Premier League peak.
Manchester City and Chelsea may slow each other’s pursuits when they duke it out in late October.
While Wenger’s revitalised outfit are highly likely to be collecting six points from the first couple of Premier League matchdays after World Cup business is done and dusted, two of their chief potential title-rivals will meet at the Etihad.
With Jose Mourinho straining to bring a more pragmatic streak to his creative Chelsea side an Etihad stalemate could hand the North London boys further impetus.