They say you can only beat what’s in front of you.
David Moyes’ Sunderland may not have been the toughest opposition Arsenal will face this season – in fact, they’re easily the worst side in the Premier League, unless something drastically changes soon.
All the same, the Gunners’ 4-1 win showed exactly what they are made of, Olivier Giroud coming off the bench to score a brace.
Arsene Wenger could be forgiven for getting a little excited over his side’s title prospects, particularly while sides around Arsenal continue to falter.
On the contrary, though, Le Professeur is not getting carried away in what could be his final season in charge at the Emirates.
Arsenal do have a reputation for starting the season brightly before tailing off towards the end, but he believes that as early as November, they will have a better idea of where they stand.
“We now have difficult games coming up, with a difficult November, so by the end of November we will know more about ourselves,” Wenger said, via the Independent.
“The desire is there and the mentality is great, though. There is great togetherness, we have quality as well, so they are good ingredients.
“But we have to show that we can do it week in and week out.”
Wenger’s men will welcome – if you can use that word – bitter rivals Spurs next Sunday, and the result of that derby could end up having a huge bearing on how the rest of the season plays out.