Arsene Wenger feels his sides impressive form can inspire confidence within the group, but is not getting carried away despite their high table position.
Liverpool have since regained the top spot, but the Gunners, who have overcome an opening day loss to Aston Villa with five consecutive wins in all competitions, are on a hot streak at present which has lifted them above the other title rivals.
Arsenal beat Sunderland 3-1 on Saturday thanks to a tidy finish from Olivier Giroud and a brace from Aaron Ramsey to claim their seventh Premier League away win on trot. Wenger is pleased with his sides change of fortunes and hopes it will inspire them to continue their fine run of form.
The Arsenal boss told Arsenal’s official website:
Who would expect three games [after Aston Villa] to be where we are? It’s very important at the start of the season, maybe the position is not so important but not to be too many points behind anybody else early [on], that is the most important thing.
Once we had lost against Aston Villa at home, that is the fear you can have, because behind that we played two derbies – Fulham and Tottenham – and to have to go to Sunderland is never an easy place for anybody.
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In between we had the Champions League games so to have won all these games means something to me. Of course it is good for the confidence of the group.
It is still very early on in the season but the signs are there for the Gunners to finish high in the league this campaign. Over the past few years Arsenal have struggled at the start of the new season, leaving them to battle to get back into contention. This season however they have resurrected themselves after a disastrous opening day loss and are looking solid should the injury rate slow down.
That is the worry on every Gooner’s mind, especially the fitness of Giroud. If the Frenchman sustains a lengthy injury then Arsenal’s chances are going to be greatly reduced. But for the time being it appears he will be fit to play this week and continue his fine form.
It appears Arsenal have found the winning mentality and this will greatly improve their chance of silverware this season. There is a strong sense of coherence among the current team, especially in the midfield despite two new faces Ozil and Flamini making their first starts at the weekend. Time will only help our team grow from strength to strength so the season is looking very promising.
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