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Manchester City, Manchester United and now Liverpool. For a club that entered 2015 seemingly still suffering from a mental block against the very best opposition, Arsenal have rather enjoyed the past three months.

Manchester City, Manchester United and now Liverpool. For a club that entered 2015 seemingly still suffering from a mental block against the very best opposition, Arsenal have rather enjoyed the past three months.

Chelsea remain the ultimate test – and Arsène Wenger must register his first win against Jose Mourinho later this month to retain any small hope of winning the Premier League title – but Arsenal do have the look of contenders again. We have been here before, of course, most notably in 2010-11 when the disintegration of a season that promised much proved the catalyst for the exits of Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri. This squad, though, have a greater potential depth, quality and resilience than any since the 'Invincible' era.
That is a source both of frustration and hope. The frustration relates to a missed chance this season; a run of 21 wins in their past 26 matches underlines that they are good enough. The hope relates to what might be possible next season.
Having overseen what he regards as the most "delicate" period in the club's history following the move to the Emirates Stadium, Wenger knows that the next two years should be about far more than just qualifying for the Champions League.
He even admitted that Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sánchez, who have 38 goals between them this season, are his most effective pair of strikers since the days of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Robert Pires. "That's a long time ago – but they're not bad names," Wenger said. "Giroud has surprised a lot of people. It shows we missed him when he was out for four months. Laurent Koscielny was out for four months too. Mesut Özil the same. They were all out together. You can see the difference."
Wenger added that he could now "smell" the attacking threat in his team but the one caveat was that he clearly wants even more from his midfielders. "I expected Aaron Ramsey to be in there as well with 10 or 15," he said. "We need another player who gets 10 or 15 goals but we have a good mentality and good cohesion in the team. There is something happening. You can see that."

You certainly could on Saturday, with Arsenal's overall strength best summed up when Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers noted a range of substitute options that included Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Kieran Gibbs, Gabriel and Tomas Rosicky. "It shows the continual work we have to do," Rodgers said.
Saturday's match was settled in a nine-minute period shortly before half-time when Hector Bellerin, Özil and Sánchez all scored wonderful goals. Bellerin showed his inexperience by later conceding the penalty for a foul on Raheem Sterling that might just have inspired a Liverpool comeback, but the dismissal of Emre Can and then a brilliantly taken fourth by Giroud sealed the most emphatic of victories.

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