Arsene Wenger must know this may well be his last chance to win the Premier League.
If the Gunners do pull it off, it will be interesting to see if all is forgiven among his doubters at the Emirates, but they still have a long way to go yet.
After six wins in a row, Wenger admits his side look like big players in the title race, telling reporters:
“There is more to come out from our team.”
Arsenal’s rivals may want to take heed of that warning, although it’s fair to say Le Professeur isn’t getting carried away just yet – after all, having gone 12 years without a title, he’s hardly in a position to.
“We live in a jungle where everyone wants to eat you and you have to keep vigilant to survive,” he added.
Even if Arsenal go into this weekend’s trip to Middlesbrough as massive favourites, that won’t automatically see them clear.
And even if they do pick up the three points on offer at the Riverside, they will have to hope Manchester City stumble elsewhere if they are to reach the summit.
For the first time in a long time, though, Wenger will be thoroughly satisfied with his men’s chances, as it would be the perfect way for him to end his 20 years in North London with some silverware.