Arsenal started the season as one of the favourites to lift their first Premier League title since 2004 at the end of the season.
Despite a setback at West Brom at the weekend, Arsene Wenger’s side sit comfortably in fourth place and are just two points off top spot.
So what three things have we learnt about the Gunners after 13 games?
1) Ozil can play in the Premier League.
Despite recording good statistics in his first two seasons in the Premier League, Mesut Ozil was underwhelming at times considering the £42.4 million Arsenal paid Real Madrid for his signature. However, this term the German has found more consistency and raised the quality of his game to hush many of his doubters. With the most assists (11) and key passes (56) of anyone in Europe’s major leagues, the 27-year-old is simply the master creator and key to his side’s realistic title hopes.
2) Bellerin is the real deal.
One thing we haven’t learned is that Arsenal can sometimes have a soft spot and are not strong consistently strong enough defensively to take on the best sides in Europe. However, one their members of the back-four, Hector Bellerin, has show he is the real deal. After breaking in last term due to Mathieu Debuchy’s injury, the speedy Spaniard has impressed many fans and pundits with his all-action displays. Devastating in attack and improving defensively, the 20-year-old looks set to hold the right-back spot for years to come.
3) Walcott may well be a centre forward.
After years of yearning, Theo Walcott has been given a chance to play in his preferred centre forward role by Wenger. The Englishman has had to play as a right winger for most his time at the Emirates. but was handed the chance to play through the middle after Olivier Giroud’s dip in form. And following a goal in the FA Cup final and some impressive performances this term, before suffering another injury, the number 9 position could well be where we see the 26-year-old play his best football.