Sometime in the next 10 days or so we will discover whether Arsenal possess the hallmark of champions or whether Alan Shearer and assorted TV pundits were right to be disbelievers.
It is, as those boxing hype merchants like to scream, showtime. So get ready to rumble for two fixtures which will examine the credentials of Arsene Wenger’s team.
First up is Arsenal’s match against Manchester City on Saturday followed by a London derby against Chelsea on December 23.
Right now, following Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against Everton on Sunday and 2-0 midweek defeat in the Champions League group phase against Napoli, it could go either way.
The Gunners look tired, a touch jaded, which is hardly surprising. They have burned white hot since the season kicked off. Ripped away from the rest, five points ahead of the chasing pack with a brand of football not only easy on the eye but devastatingly effective.
In Aaron Ramsey, with apologies to Liverpool fans shouting the name of Luis Suarez, they possess the player of the season so far.
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