Arsenal have started this Premiership season with a bang; 36 bangs to be more accurate. They have racked up 36 goals in 11 league games, averaging over 3 a game. Their record in all competitions is also impressive with a total of 55 goals in 19 games, but the possibility of a record breaking league season is what has excited the statisticians recently. Arsenal’s local rivals scored 111 goals in the 1962-3 season, but no side has reached triple-figures in the scoring charts during the Premier League era; Arsenal are on course to achieve this milestone if they continue to play as they have been.
Wolves were the most recent victims of Arsenal’s deadly attack; beaten 4-1 at Molineux despite starting the game strongly. There was a touch of good fortune about the Gunner’s first goal as Zubar diverted the ball into his own net under pressure from Eduardo. But there was more to come as Arsenal broke quickly for the second, whilst the third was a wonderful display of passing and movement, a classic Arsenal goal. Arshavin added a fourth from a corner before Craddock scored Wolves’ consolation as the game drew to a close.
The manner in which Arsene Wenger’s men have swept teams aside this season has been stunning. In Cesc Fabregas, they possess a midfielder playing at the top of his game as he bids to force his way into Spain’s starting line-up for the World Cup in South Africa. Ahead of Fabregas there is a whole host of attacking players who can all take part in the mesmerizing brand of football that has come to be synonymous with Arsenal. The fact that they are not reliant on any one player for goals means that the chances of achieving the mythical total of 100 league goals is more likely, as they are not dependant on the form and fitness of individuals to the same extent as their rivals. Despite this, one would think that Fabregas and Van Persie would need to be fit for the majority of games for the Gunners to achieve success, though even without these two key players Arsenal will still score plenty of goals against the weaker teams in the league.
The fact that the goals have come both at home and away is another reason for Arsenal fans to be optimistic. As well as destroying Blackburn, Portsmouth and Wigan at the Emirates, they have been rampant on the road, as both Everton and now Wolves can testify to. It is at home where they are their most domineering and it is approaching the stage where around half of the teams in the league would be happy to leave the Emirates with no points and with their dignity still intact.
Though Arsenal primary ambition is to bring silverware back to London, their quest to enter the record books as the most potent Premier League side in history is certainly an intriguing side project, and one that fans of Arsenal and fans of football will have their eye on.