A comfortable 2-0 victory over Napoli continued the impressively serene Arsenal progress that looked so unlikely after their opening day defeat to Aston Villa, but before you Gooners get too hopeful there are plenty of reasons to be circumspect about Premier League title odds of 9/2.
Last season’s top three have yet to be dealt with.
Arsenal were largely impotent in the battles that really mattered in terms of the title in 2012/13, failing to win a single match against Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea and mustering just two points from six clashes in the top four mini-league.
An attritional win against a Tottenham side short of fluency amidst their post-Gareth Bale signing influx is the Gunners’ most headline-grabbing domestic success as yet.
Besides that victory, three of their four league wins have come against sides that finished last season in a downward spiral in Fulham, Sunderland and Stoke City.
Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey have either scored or created 12 of their 13 league goals
Mesut Ozil may have emerged as a new creative force, but the fact remains that an injury or loss of form from one of the match-winners incumbent at the season’s genesis could yank up the handbrake on their bonny start to the campaign.
While the likes of Santi Cazorla or Tomas Rosicky can come in for Ramsey, Nicklas Bendtner remains Giroud’s most experienced deputy, with Theo Walcott only trusted to lead the line against relegation fodder such as Wigan last term, for all his pre-contract posturing.
They’ve shipped a goal in all bar one of their seven away games this season.
Arsenal’s road defence at the end of last term would have made Ebenezer Scrooge himself blush and was the cause of much hope for a watertight rearguard the following campaign.
The Gunners closed out the campaign with an impressive five clean sheets in their last six games beyond the Emirates gates; however this season has seen their defence breached in all but one of six away fixtures so far.