Are Arsenal now competing for fourth place against Spurs and Manchester United? We don’t know yet.
But Arsenal are flying into November.
By any standard, 11 wins in a row in all comps is an exciting sequence and as momentum builds, you find new ways to win games.
Against Leicester on Monday night, they were outplayed in the first half and conceded the first goal but eventually won 3-1.
On Thursday night In Lisbon, where George Graham’s team once got a 1-1 draw against Benfica that excited me, Unai Emery’s boys contained Sporting quite comfortably and then Danny Welbeck blasted home the vital goal in the 77th minute.
When a low-bouncing through ball beat former Liverpool centreback Sebastian Coates, Welbeck exploded into the box and rifled his shot inside the far post.
In some tight away games in Europe, you have to feel that one goal will be enough. A football team is usually effective when it has good habits and keeping clean sheets is a very good habit. Scoring the first goal is another and if that first one takes 77 minutes, fine.
Fortunately for Arsenal, Sporting is a club in turmoil right now. When they failed to qualify for the Champions League, fifty masked fans stormed the training ground.
Roy Hodgson’s Palace may be 17th in the table but they’ve only conceded 10 in 9 games. While their defence is pretty solid, their problem is at the other end of the pitch. Palace did not score in their first four home games.
Max Meyer, the 23-year-old German midfielder signed from Schalke, could make an appearance from the bench.
Hodgson’s front two will be Wilf Zaha and Andros Townsend, two speedy improvisers who can create their own goals. If Sokratis grabs Zaha’s shirt he will be sent off. He won’t get away with that two games running.
Crystal Palace v Arsenal is a 12.30 Sunday kick-off on Sky and this might be another one-goal match.
Former Sampdoria anchorman Lucas Torreira has now become accustomed to the pace of the Premier League and says he’s “extremely proud” to be at Arsenal:
“What I have seen in my short time here in England is that the football is much more intense, much more physical. It only takes three or four passes to create a goalscoring opportunity. That’s not the case in Italy, where it’s not so open. The game there is very tactical and there is very little space to receive the ball. At first everything was new for me. It’s a new style of football. It’s different and so are my team-mates but it’s about always fighting for it and working day after day.”
The Uruguayan World Cup star has become a fans favourite, as has spectacular French teenager Matteo Guendouzi, whose range of pass is impressive.