It seems like every year, in the Premier League at least, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side always promise so much.
That’s a criticism leveled at them by many despite their strong form domestically, a run that has seen them reach the summit of the league, albeit joint with both Liverpool and Manchester City.
Still, there appears to be something about the Gunners that’s different this season.
After some summer signings that actually make sense, the North London giants look more solid throughout the starting XI, as well as from the bench.
As seasoned as we are to their annual good run of form in the league, perhaps it’s in European competition where we can get a further measure of their potential turnaround.
Ahead of their game away at Bulgarian side Ludogrets tonight, it is the first Le Prof has led his side to three games unbeaten in the Champions League since 2011/12.
3 – Arsenal have gone unbeaten in their first three Champions League group games for the first time since the 2011/12 campaign. Confident. pic.twitter.com/gV7mCGROKM
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 1, 2016
Clearly, it’s not as if they’re in the strongest of groups, though it does also contain French champions Paris Saint-Germain, who have a good record against Chelsea in recent years.
Whether or not it’s the start of something special remains to be seen, though it is certainly the biggest indicator yet that Arsenal are getting stronger.