A title charge might still seem unlikely, however much Arsenal fans pray, but there is plenty to enjoy in watching the red-hot Gunners at the moment.
Arsene Wenger’s side have won 11 of their past 12 in the league to move into second place, and are 1/2 to grab three more points away at Burnley in their next match.
Interestingly, the key figures in the Gunners’ outstanding run of form have nearly all been players previously maligned by sections of the club’s supporters.
Few expected Francis Coquelin to ever play a major role at the Emirates, let alone this season, while Mesut Ozil has been battered from all angles during his time in north London.
Leading the line with 13 goals and four assists in his past 17 games in all competitions has been Olivier Giroud, who almost all Arsenal fans have clamoured to be replaced over the last couple of years.
The Frenchman scored 39 goals in 98 appearances in his first two season at Arsenal, modest figures which make the desire to see him upgraded reasonable even considering his impressive all-round contribution.
This time around Giroud has bagged 18 goals in 27 matches so far, leading an attack chock-full of excellent attacking midfielders with aplomb.
One of the best parts of Giroud’s game is that his goals do not come at the cost of others. The unselfish Frenchman has been brilliant in enabling Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to shine while scoring plenty himself.
Despite this, the lingering suspicion remains that Giroud is not a top-class striker, and as a result, Arsenal continue to be linked to forwards.
Gonzalo Higuain came very close to joining the Gunners back in 2013, and the London club could have another opportunity to sign the Argentine this summer if Napoli miss out on Champions League football.
However, would a move for Higuain be a good idea for the Gunners? Or should they stick with Giroud?
The stats suggest the latter is the better bet. The Frenchman has outscored Higuain 14 to 13 in league football this term despite playing far fewer minutes.
Giroud averages 0.92 goals per 90 minutes to the Napoli man’s 0.53, and also creates more chances than Higuain at 1.62 to 1.48 per 90.
It is also worth noting that Higuain is a very streaky striker, who scored just three times in the first 12 games of the term, endured a six-match goalless run in December, and hasn’t bagged in his past four.
All in all, splashing the cash on Higuain represents a risk the Gunners simply don’t need to take given Giroud’s development during his time at the club.