Is this a new era for Arsenal or another false dawn?

By Avenell Dave

It makes my heart sink when I see Arsenal fans crowing to the Spuds this season.

Yes, it's funny that this is their best ever start to a season and they're still behind us but they have bought some strong players and it is early days.

Yes, we've done well, very well indeed, particularly considering the injuries we have sustained to players who would have certainly been part of the first team.

And some of the football we have played has been up there with the heady days at the turn of the century when we mesmerised all before us. 

But there are sterner tests to come.  I don;t want to put a dampener on things.

We should celebrate how well we have done. All I am saying is that we should not get carried away at this stage. 

The Spuds have done that in the past with their Mind the Gap shenanigans and look where that got them!? 

Arsene Wenger said it himself yesterday, that we will know better where we are in the big scheme of things at the end of November. 

We've had strong starts plenty of times in the last (even if not in the past few years)  and remember we were challenging for the title a few years ago when Eduardo got crocked and everything fell apart.

And as we showed on Saturday and even against West Brom, our confidence can at times be fragile, our shape pulled apart and our composure crushed by harrying opponents. 

We've only played one team in the top ten so far - and that's the Spuds. 

Of course, Napoli should also be considered in that equation but we need to show what we are made of this evening against Borussia Dortmund. 

Good teams don't tend to turn into bad teams overnight so despite their slow start to the Group, the Germans will come out fighting and wanting to show that they're still good enough to compete at the level that got them to last season's final.

All eyes will be on Robert Lewandowski of course. He can score goals out of nothing and while I can't see him coming to us, he is exactly the sort of player who would add something to our squad.

If he waits until next summer, he is definitely going to be one of the most in-demand free transfers in history.

Many things bode well for us.

Dortmund have a terrible record in England, have never kept a clean sheet against Arsenal and have only won one of the last 11 games away from home in the Champions League.

With Flamini out, Aaron Ramsey will slot back in and I suspect the rest of the team will select itself.

If the atmosphere is anything like it has been for the past few games, we should do well and if we win this, we are almost there. 

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Sagna Mertesacker Koscielny Gibbs

Arteta Ramsey Wilshere

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