Arsenal supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their team record a tenth successive win in all competitions on Monday night.
Unai Emery’s men went into their meeting with Leicester City in the Premier League having won each of their last six in the league, alongside two victories in the Europa League and indeed a 3-1 success over Brentford in the Carabao Cup. And the North London giants made it ten on the spin on Monday despite going behind to Hector Bellerin’s own goal, with a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang alongside a Mesut Ozil strike sealing a 3-1 win for the Gunners.
As such, there have been many thrilled Arsenal fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from The Daily Mirror’s Chief Football Writer John Cross, who posed the question many are likely to be asking about Arsenal on Twitter, namely: ‘Are Arsenal the real deal?’
But as good as Arsenal were in the second half in a brilliant atmosphere, they started so slowly (again) and could’ve been further behind with ten men. Are Arsenal the real deal? Hard to work it out…
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) October 23, 2018
And Cross’ response to his own question, namely that it’s ‘hard to work it out’, is likely to be the thought of many, including Arsenal fans, as to whether Emery’s men really can challenge for major honours this term.
Ultimately, one cannot argue with the sensational winning streak the Gunners have been on since their 3-2 defeat to Chelsea back in August, with the North London heavyweights beating all before them to move to within two points of Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Yes, some will point to the calibre of sides Arsenal have got past in that spell, with Everton the highest ranked team in last season’s table to face the Gunners during that period, but one must also remember that those were games that the club haven’t necessarily been winning in years gone by – for a start they lost at Newcastle last term before winning 2-1 at St James’ Park last month.
Thus, that would suggest that they are making great strides under Emery in being able to get past those sorts of teams, but the big test will come when they face the other members of the top six, with their early season losses to City and indeed Chelsea suggesting that they are still some way off.
Pep Guardiola’s Citizens could have easily won by more than two goals in the meeting at the Emirates Stadium back in August, and while the Gunners gave it a good go against Maurizio Sarri’s Blues the week after, defensive frailties cost them dear in going down 3-2 to the West London club – next month’s clash with Liverpool will underline exactly where Arsenal are at.
Add in the fact that Emery’s men have at times rode their luck during this winning streak, with Claude Puel’s Foxes certainly hard done by at the Emirates on Monday night, and there does remain some questions that need answering – but the fact they have come through these matches does deserve huge credit.
All in all, Cross’ question is likely one on the lips of many supporters up and down the country, and his response sums it up perfectly – it really is difficult to know exactly where Arsenal are at despite winning their last ten games in all competitions, and as such it’s a question which is very tricky to answer.
Arsenal fans… what do you think? Let us know!