Arsenal claimed their second trophy in as many competitive matches in besting Manchester City 3-0 at Wembley to lift the Community Shield.
The consummate ease with which they trampled the Premier League champions sparked a surge of bets on the Gunners to win their first top-tier title since 2004, a ten-year hoodoo they’ve shrivelled into 11/2 to end this season.
Doubters would be quick to promote the need for those jumping on this particular bandwagon to don all the safety gear they can find, such is the inevitability that it will be upturned and on fire long before the campaign’s closure.
But after numerable false dawns, there is finally legitimate cause for giddiness among the legions of Gooners.
Their Community Shield triumph adds further claim to any argument that says the north Londoners can now actually win things.
Having stumbled over the previously insurmountable hurdle that stood between them and silverware in winning last season’s FA Cup, Arsene Wenger’s men made it two successful trips from two at the home of football last weekend.
With the monkey formerly on their backs shaken off, beheaded and fixed, mouth agape, above an open fireplace at Arsenal HQ, the team can play both without pressure and with a renewed hunger for glory.
Craving silverware and satiating the thirst are different things entirely, but having absolutely dismantled the country’s best team from last season, it’s hard to refute the north Londoners’ ability to compete.
Detractors will point to the many Citizens left out of the pre-season showpiece as mitigation for their heavy smiting, but Wenger had to make do without Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott among others.
They also kept a clean sheet with 19-year-old Calum Chambers playing centre-half for the first time in a competitive match.
In Alexis Sanchez, they have added yet another world-class attacker to their already well-stocked artillery too.
The Chilean’s pace and desire to run behind opposing backline’s will help restore Ozil to the glories he briefly savoured during the first half-season of his Arsenal career; the darting bursts of another speedster in their frontline will afford the German orchestrator more options when he’s in possession.
Finally, the annals tell us that just seven of the previous 22 Community Shield winners have gone on to win the league, which could be viewed as detrimental on the surface.
But, in truth, it means the Gunners have an almost one in three chance of claiming the top prize in the domestic game, which is a far greater probability than the 11/2 they can currently be backed at.