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Third in the Premier League table, only one loss after eight matches and just a solitary point behind reigning champions Manchester City. All is rosy, right?
Its easy to be complimentary at this stage of the season. After finishing fifth last term following the appalling collapse at the tail-end of the campaign, a quick glance at the table this time around paints a far more pleasant picture.
That canvas, however, is blurred.
Much can be said of the ability to win matches without playing well. In fact, its such a trait that more often than not is the sign of a side enough and equipped enough to deal with uncharacteristic sluggishness.
Look at Liverpool, for example, who are yet to hit top form although still remain the only side with a 100% record in the division and boast an eight point lead at the summit.
A similar story can be said of Arsenal, who have been mostly average but still find themselves a point off City with their only defeat coming away from home against the aforementioned table toppers.
Perspective, though, is crucial.
With 15 points accrued from the club’s opening eight league fixtures, not to mention a miserable goals difference of +2, if this points haul was placed into the league last season after the same number of matches, Unai Emery’s side would be eighth.
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