Arsenal have won all four of their home matches in the Premier League this season. They managed to beat Leicester City in the opening match after the scare of a certain loss stared them in the face as in previous two seasons.
Unlike the past, they have also improved in defending their leads and have not conceded any goal since the match against the Foxes at the Emirates.
Add that record to the impressive showing away to Chelsea, one might be tempted to believe that the famed feeble defense of the Gunners has finally turned the corner.
Success in the Premier League depends to a great extent on how a team performs at home. A strong home record aid in no small measure in good standing on the table come May.
In the past, Arsenal built a fortress at Highbury. It wasn’t strange to see the team go the whole season losing only once at their former grounds.
The movement to the grand Emirates however came with its myriads of challenges. Some claimed the size of the pitch, lack of familiarity, poor quality squad, bad tactics and fans disenchantment contributed to the rather low output the team had produced over the past decade.
Now, Arsenal seem to be on the right track after taking maximum points from their first four home games.
The team also came from a goal down to beat FC Cologne in the UEFA Europa League. Sandwich that with the lone goal victory over Doncaster Rovers in the Carabao Cup; it means that the Gunners have won all home matches in all competitions in the new season.
Arsenal are currently fifth on the league table with 13 points from seven matches.
Apart from the lone point gained at Stamford Bridge, they have been abysmal playing away at Stoke City and then Liverpool.
Arsenal’s performance at Liverpool was the stuff of nightmare and with the benefit of hindsight, the outcry from that debacle must have spurred them on to the current impressive run.
Having cleaned up their acts at home, Wenger and his team must now set sights on a much better performance away from the Emirates.
The next match against Watford at Vicarage Road provides ample opportunity for the Gunners to show that they have indeed come of age. Will they seize the moment?