Preview: Gunners can go seven points clear with a victory on Sunday
Whether you believe it or not, at the moment, Arsenal may be starting to change some doubters into believers. With a four point gap at the top of the table, the North London side will have a chance to jump out to a seven point lead, if they are to overcome a very confident and strong Everton side.
After losing their match at Old Trafford, Arsene Wenger's side has rebounded well, having won their last three Premier League matches.
Preview: Both sides enter this match off motivating victories
Few people would have expected Arsenal to be top of the Premier League table after 13 matches, but the truth is that they have deserved it thus far. Great collective play, fighting spirit, and five cleansheets in their last six matches have contributed to their brilliant start.
Despite their injury concerns, the Gunners have managed to remain competitive. The absences of Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Oxlade-Chamberlain were just three of the injuries Arsene Wenger has had to deal with.
Preview: Arsenal must take advantage of instability
Ian Holloway did a fine job guiding Crystal Palace to the English top flight, but after a poor start to the campaign, both parties have gone their separate ways. A heavy defeat at home against Fulham was the final straw, and now the Eagles will prepare to take on league leaders Arsenal.
Palace has only managed one victory from their eight EPL matches, but they enter Saturday's match on a five match losing streak.
From their four home matches this season, they have conceded eight goals, while only scoring four. And mind you, three of those goals came in one match, when they earned a 3-1 victory over Sunderland.
Preview: The absence of Mathieu Flamini could be a key factor
When Arsenal announced the signing of former AC Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini, the club's fans were not all that impressed. But the reality of it is that Flamini has been an unsung hero for the Gunners, taking on a role that had not been filled since his departure in 2008.
Having picked up a concussion against Norwich City on Saturday, Arsene Wenger has confirmed his absence in Tuesday's Champions League match.
"He is doing well," Wenger told Arsenal's official website. "He has practiced normally but we will not play him because there is a five-day rule that we will respect. We will not take any chances. It was a concussion and the doctor advised us not to play him. He will be ok for the weekend," the French manager added.
Preview: Positive performance needed ahead of important UCL match
Since Arsenal lost their opening day match at home against Aston Villa, they have never looked back. Arsene Wenger's side has put together five victories and one draw in the EPL, and they will look to continue that form on Saturday.
They will welcome Chris Hughton's Norwich side, who has been struggling as of late.
Currently 18th in the EPL standings, the Canaries have only managed two victories from seven matches. Another negative stat will be the fact that they have scored just five goals, while conceding nine. Looking at their negative four goal difference, a meeting with Arsenal's offense at the Emirates could be a serious cause for concern.
Preview: Great match guaranteed at the Emirates with two high-flying teams
When these two sides last met, there were a number of uncertainties in the Arsenal squad. Who was going to come into the squad ahead of the transfer window closing? Was Arsene Wenger going to be able to get rid of the players who have failed to impress?
Now that we are into October and the transfer window has come to a close, Arsenal fans have a permanent smile from ear to ear, but how long will that last?
Their club is first in the English Premier League, they are playing well, and their current run of form is very promising. With a 12 match win streak away from home, Arsenal will look to continue their positive results with another victory at the Emirates, this time against Rafa Benitez's Napoli side.
Past meetings between Wenger and Benitez: Who has the upper hand
In the preseason, Benitez’s side held Arsenal to a 2-2 draw in the Emirates Cup. Rafael Benitez has faced the Frenchman twenty times in total. During his Valencia and Liverpool days the Spaniard scored six wins over Wenger lost eight times and managed five draws. Last season when he was the interim manager of Chelsea, Benitez’s side won their home game against Wenger’s side 2-1.
In his Liverpool days, Benitez won just four times against Arsene Wenger. However, it was in the Champions League where Benitez’s side won 5-3 on aggregate against the Londoners in the 2007/2008 campaign. Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger won seven times against Liverpool when the Spaniard was in charge there.
Preview: Arsenal aiming to build on midweek victory over West Brom
When Arsene Wenger chose his squad for Arsenal's Capital One Cup match against West Bromwich Albion, the French manager knew that his young guns were going to need a lot of composure to knock off Steve Clarke's side.
A second half goal from Eisfeld had the Gunners set to record yet another away victory, which would make it 11 in a row. But West Brom made things difficult, and equalized the match not too long after the German got on the end of Nicklas Bendtner's pass.
Fortunately for Wenger, his side was able to stay composed in a penalty shootout, which saw them through to the next round of the cup.
Preview: Injuries force Arsenal to make more changes than expected
Arsenal's current run of form has been impressive, having won seven straight matches since their opening day debacle against Aston Villa. Most of the football world was quick to write off the Gunners, but since then, the North London side now find themselves top of the English Premier League.
On Wednesday, they will get a chance to continue their current winning streak, with an away match against West Bromwich Albion.
The Baggies have not been able to defeat the Gunners in the last three years, and considering their inconsistencies this season, Steve Clark's side could be in for another frustrating evening.
The Capital One Cup has been considered to be one of the least important competitions in England, but regardless of that, no team goes into a match wanting to be eliminated.
This week, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham will get a chance to potentially field some younger players, but progressing to the next round will certainly be on their mind.
For the Gunners, their current run of form gives their fans a new found confidence. An opening defeat against Aston Villa did not sit well amongst the Arsenal faithful, but the players, the board and management have done their job to bounce back brilliantly.
Preview: Arsenal looks to keep their perfect record at home against Stoke
It seems so long ago that Arsenal was defeated on opening day against Aston Villa, leading fans to come out and show their discontent. From lack of spending in the transfer window, to their inability to capitalize on their chances, critics and football analysts were all over what they considered a crisis in North London.
But call it what you want, Arsenal have since won six straight matches.
Three successive Premier League victories over Fulham, Tottenham and Sunderland have the Gunners second in the league standings, just one point behind Liverpool. Their two leg elimination against Fenerbahce gifted them yet another appearance in the UEFA Champions League, which got off to a great start mid-week when they defeated Marseille 1-2 at the Stade Velodrome.
As the clock counted down on deadline day, Arsenal fans did not really know what to believe. They had originally been linked with Karim Benzema, Luis Suarez, Angel Di Maria and a few others, but the latest was that they were in for Mesut Ozil.
Although surprising and shocking all at the same time, when deadline day finally came to a close, Mesut Ozil was a Gunner, and Arsenal fans around the world were left in complete disbelief. Could it be that Arsene Wenger had finally smashed the transfer record on a player who has been a regular starter in the German side?
Preview: Transfers will be one of the main topics of this season's North London Derby
It does not matter how you look at it, before taking the pitch on Sunday, Tottenham has already won the transfer battle. While that may change before the window shuts on Monday, it seems likely that things will end that way.
Andre Villas-Boas has done some good business this summer, bringing in players like Paulinho, Soldado, Capoue, Chadli and even Lamela, just to name a few. With Eriksen set to join before Sunday as well, Arsenal fans have grown furious at the Gunners lack of spending.
Leaving business until late in the transfer window seems to be their style of operation, but it not always works out the way they would like it to.
A spirited display saw Wenger’s men earn three important away goals at Istanbul last week. This implies that Fenerbahce will have to score at least three or more goals against the London side if they are to have any chance of qualifying to the next round.
However even if Arsenal succeed in qualifying for the next round, it is unlikely they will progress much in the tournament given the lack of depth in the squad.
With less than a week left in the conclusion of the summer transfer window, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is yet to open his cheque book and a marquee signing which had been promised earlier looks less than likely to happen.
Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has overseen what should be considered a barren transfer window with the only signing made is that of Yaya Sanogo of AJ Auxerre who has never played in topflight football before. Though talented he may be, the young Frenchman is not the answer to the Gunners problems which are of many shapes.
Before Arsenal’s 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa, Wenger said:
"If you bring me tomorrow players who are better than those we have, I promise you we will look at them.”
Once again, Arsene Wenger has left his transfer business to be done very late in the transfer window, that is of course if he does sign anyone. But after a comfortable victory over Fenerbahce on Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League Playoff, the French manager remains confident that the next 10 days will be very busy.
When Le Prof was questioned about his current approach being very much like the one in 2011, when the Gunners signed Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta on the final day, the Arsenal manager disagrees with that comparison.
"At the time it was linked with injuries, we had unexpected long-term injuries and you cannot sit there and do nothing at all," Wenger told the clubs official website.
Arsenal 2013-14 Season Review
Season Start: August 18, 2013
Season End: May 11, 2014
2012-13 proved to be yet another unsuccessful season for the Gunners. This saw them stumble to a ninth consecutive year without silverware. Despite the supporters' discontent at the lack of accomplishment, major satisfaction was gained due to over-taking Spurs in the run-in for a top four spot.
The transfer market has not been very productive so far for Arsene Wenger and his staff. With only one signing featuring the young Yaya Sanogo from French outfit Auxerre, the club has seen two bids of £30 and £40 million for the Liverpool Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez turned down whilst negotiations to bring in Argentine goal scorer Gonzalo Higuain never materialized. Many critics are unsure of Arsenal’s targets for this campaign. They are unlikely to win the Premier League with Manchester's top two clubs and Chelsea looking far stronger, whilst replacing the likes of Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas has been a tricky prospect.
Preview: Final preparations to be made in Helsinki
At the moment, expectations for Arsenal and Manchester City could be slightly different heading into the 2013/14 campaign.
For Arsenal fans, they have endured yet another off season with no big name signings, despite Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis claiming that the Gunners were ready to spend. After failing to sign Gonzalo Higuain, it appears the London side is set to miss out on Luis Suarez, who may be staying at Liverpool, at least for the time being.