Premier League: Notice how nobody's laughing at Arsenal right now?

Alexis Sanchez has scored four goals for Arsenal this season despite mixed reviews
Alexis Sanchez has scored four goals for Arsenal this season despite mixed reviews
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The lack of discussion about Arsenal right now reflects how things are going pretty well at the Emirates...

"Arsenal are on a four-match domestic winning streak, beating Watford, Southampton and Hull in the Premier League and most recently Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup, netting 13 times in the process."

The focus is always on the negative at Arsenal, both from outsiders and their own fans. Even when they achieved their highest finish in 11 years to place second last term, the focus was on trailing Leicester by ten points despite beating them twice and how they had blown their best shot at a title.

Their opening to 2016/17 was a perfect fit for how punters like to consume their Gunners news: just one big-money signing before the start of the season, a home defeat to Liverpool on the first weekend and then the surrendering of their run of victories over the Foxes six days later.

However, since then, the Arsenal critiques have been bumped off the back pages by the poor form of Manchester United, losing three games in a row across all competitions amidst talk of dressing-room unrest, and Chelsea, blowing a flawless start with a draw at Swansea and home reverse of their own to Liverpool.

The fact that these events have coincided with an upturn in fortunes at the Emirates is most evident in the way that everyone has ceased to speak about Arsene Wenger's side - their supporters aren't moaning, rival fans aren't mocking and the papers aren't endlessly debating the manager's future.

Instead, the north Londoners spent close to £50 million in the final days of the window and are on a four-match domestic winning streak, beating Watford, Southampton and Hull in the Premier League and most recently Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup, netting 13 times in the process.

Their Champions League introduction was similarly positive, drawing the away tie with Paris St-Germain 1-1 despite conceding in the first minute.

Manchester City are still five points better off, but with question marks now being circled around the names Man United and Chelsea, Tottenham potentially being asked to cope without Harry Kane for several months and Liverpool's consistency doubted, another top-two finish appears viable, despite being available to back at odds of around 4.03/1.

If you disagree and think that the Gunners will soon be competing with the Red Devils and Blues for hyperbolic club-in-crisis column inches, you can find odds of 3.1511/5 on them losing at home to Chelsea.

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