First Arsenal brushed aside Tottenham. Then he overtook Liverpool. And now the Gunners will spend another few days at the top of the Premier League table after another statement win over Chelsea.
Mikel Arteta’s side are two points behind second-placed City after 13 games.
City, chasing a fifth title in six seasons, will return to the top if they beat Brentford at the Etihad Stadium next Saturday (12:30 GMT).
However, Arsenal will get to spend the next six weeks at the top if they beat Wolves at Molineux in a late kick-off on the same day (7.45pm).
There are no Premier League games from November 13th until December 26th due to the World Cup starting on November 20th.
Arteta said his players had reached “a new level” in their win over Chelsea, Arsenal’s 11th top-flight win of the season.
“It’s a really young team, but they played as a very mature team and it’s a big step up against this opponent,” said the Arsenal manager.
The Gunners have not won the title since 2003-04. Are they really up for a serious post-World Cup challenge?
Arteta minimizes the title speech
Arsenal have won three consecutive Premier League games against so-called ‘big six’ opposition for the first time since April 2012.
They are the only team to have scored in every top-flight game this season, but no team has kept more clean sheets than the Gunners so far (6).
They are averaging 2.61 points per game after dropping just five points all season. If they continue at this pace, they will finish with 99 points, six more than City took when they won the league last season.
Despite his side’s excellent start to the campaign, Arteta is not ready to talk about his side’s credentials as champions.
Arsenal finished 24 points behind champions Manchester City last season, and the Spaniard said: “We are doing much better as a team and competing much better.
“Now we are getting very good results, but this is a long time.
“Just look at what Manchester City have done in the last six years. With the best manager in the world, the best team in the world.
“They have shown consistency in all competitions. We have to respect that very, very much.”
“Arsenal is fantastic to watch”
Arteta is approaching him responsible for the third anniversary Gunners.
He led them to eighth place last season before finishing fifth, two points off the Champions League spot.
“Arsenal are a team that has been in the making for three years,” former Fulham and Bournemouth boss Scott Parker told BT Sport.
Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand believes the Gunners are being rewarded for sticking with Arteta after coming under pressure from three consecutive league defeats at the start of last season.
“You look at managers who have been successful and they’ve been given time. Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola were given time,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“Now Arteta is following that. He feels something is happening at Arsenal. Is this team the real deal? You can sense something.
“There’s an authority about the way they play. It’s great to see. We all doubted this team, but they’re making it look easy right now.”
“Better Teams Won”
Chelsea are in seventh place, five points off a Champions League place, after their fourth league defeat in 13 games.
They have not won any of their last four Premier League games and have lost back-to-back top-flight games for the first time since December 2020 under Frank Lampard.
Boss Graham Potter said his side “lacked a bit of quality” against Arsenal.
“The effort was there, the better team beat us,” said Potter, who took over after Thomas Tuchel was sacked in September.
“It is an indication of where we are and what we need to do better. Mikel Arteta has done a good job, they are in a good place and we are a little different.”
Chelsea face Manchester City in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday (8pm) and then play Newcastle on Saturday (5.30pm) before the World Cup break.