Arsene Wenger will have plenty of reasons to smile at this present moment.
Arsenal are currently unbeaten in the league since the opening day, and now sit in second place, separated by top team City by just a single goal. They are top of their Champions League group, with their next fixture being away to Ludogorets, whom they rather effortlessly dispatched at the Emirates last week.
Players such as Walcott are in incredible form, with the Englishman having already netted five league goals.
Things certainly look rosy for the North London side, but that could change in the coming weeks.
As always with Arsenal, certainly within the last couple of years, the good times don’t last. It’s rather astonishing how often the mood of the club alters, and sometimes it can happen within the space of ninety minutes; in others words a single match.
They travel to Sunderland this weekend, who are in real trouble, with manager David Moyes yet to muster a single win and whose job is coming under serious threat.
Arsenal, who are rightly being touted as title contenders after a very positive first nine games of the season, have already shown that first sign of hesitancy as they failed to beat Boro last Saturday with the match ending 0-0. This was a match everyone expected Arsenal to win, and win well.
Sunderland could potentially be another tricky fixture. The home side are under serious pressure, and with the side now five points adrift of seventeenth place, something needs to start happening.
The home fans will quickly turn against them should Arsenal go one or two up early on, and that is something Moyes will want desperately to avoid.
This fixture last season ended 0-0. I’m not saying it could happen again. But what I would suggest is that should Arsenal come away with anything less than a win, their title-winning credentials may once again be questioned.
Arsenal’s next two league games after Sunderland are their biggest games in the Premier League calendar. First it’s at home to North London rivals Tottenham, then it’s away to Manchester United, where awaits Jose Mourihno, a man of whom Wenger isn’t all that fond, to put it lightly.
So what am I saying here? Am I saying Arsenal don’t have a chance of winning the title? No. Am I possibly suggesting they haven’t got what it takes? Not necessarily.
What I am merely putting forward is that Wenger may not be smiling for too long. This I suppose could be a small warning for Arsenal fans; don’t let the happy thoughts root themselves too deep. For when the bad times roll around again, it will far more difficult to come to terms.
Written By David Newman