The fact of the matter is that this season, Arsenal have so far been sensational and surpassed expectations of the vast majority of the fans – including this one.
But as the darker evenings set in Arsenal will face the biggest test of the season so far.
Those cold and wet away days.
As you can see from the fixture list in the graphic above (you may need to refresh to see the latest version) Arsenal have just played 4 away games from their last 5 matches, and from the next 5 have another 4 away games; this time travelling to Sevilla, Aston Villa, Newcastle & Middlesbrough.
It’s going to be a tough November & December.
And even before the new year, Arsenal have to travel to Blackburn (Carling Cup), Portsmouth and Everton.
Even the most optimistic Arsenal fan would be surprised if we managed to get through all of those games unbeaten. There are some really tough matches in there.
Sandwiched in between those away games we have a Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharest, and Premiership matches against Chelsea and Tottenham.
If Arsenal can get through to January still top of the league, or at least within touching distance of the leaders then I will start to believe we can win it.
These tough away days will be games where things might not go our way. There will be dodgy decisions against us, hard tackling and we will find it hard to play our normal game. The remainder of November and the month of December is Arsenal’s biggest test so far this season and real questions will be asked of our young squad.
It’s whether Arsenal can get through this adversity and still win like they have been so far this campaign.
And it looks like it’s not just Arsenal fans who are wondering how the team will perform over the coming months. ITV, Sky Sports and Setanta Sports will be covering every Arsenal game in December, as well as our trip to Sevilla in the Champions League in November.
Looks like Arsenal were worth watching after all.