For the second league game in a row they won while having less possession of the ball than the opposition which is so unlike Arsenal in recent seasons. It seems to have dawned on Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players that it's about what you do with the ball that counts and not how much of the ball you have. With the array of attacking talent Arsenal have they can hurt any team and they're showing that at the moment.
They drew Villa on to them and picked them apart on the break and could have won by more than the final 5-0 scoreline. They hit the woodwork twice as well as Brad Guzan making a few good saves and a fair few good chances going a begging too. All of that happened with Arsenal's star man this season unavailable through injury.
Villa might not have been the toughest team in the league to beat and haven't scored in their last six league games now, but they hadn't rolled over for anybody before yesterday either. They had only conceded as many goals as Arsenal before yesterday and they made a game of it for the first hour at least. Arsenal always looked like they had the ability to cut Villa open and they did just that as Villa tried to commit players forward to get back into the game.
The win moved Arsenal back into fifth place and within a point of third with second placed City now only six points ahead of them. It means they will stay ahead of Spurs once they don't lose to them on Saturday and that's something they won't even be considering. Spurs are on a good run of their own, but the quality Arsenal have all over the pitch is something Spurs just cannot match.
In Chritian Eriksen they have a player who is in excellent form and is a real danger from free kicks and Harry Kane is scoring plenty of goals at the moment too. Arsenal could have both Alexis and Danny Welbeck back for that game though to add to the players who were so impressive against Villa. I'm not sure exactly how they can fit all of those attacking players into the team, but those who won't start will offer incredible options from the bench.
The two teams drew earlier in the season in a game Arsenal should have won and won fairly easily too, but they just couldn't take enough of the great chances they created. Spurs got off lightly that day and they can't be allowed to get off so lightly on Saturday. There's a great chance for Arsenal to finish the season really strongly and make an impression in the league as well as the Champions League and of course the FA Cup. I don't think there's a realistic chance of winning any of them besides the FA Cup, but they can push very hard if they can keep their players fit for the rest of the season.
It looks like Francis Coquelin has been well rewarded for his excellent performances since being recalled from his loan spell at Charlton with a substantial pay rise. If the rumours are to be believed he will quadruple the £10,000 a week he was on and he looks worth every penny of it at the moment. It's great to see a player in the team who loves to tackle and revels in the defensive part of the game which so many players would prefer to do without.
Coquelin is one of so many positives in the team right now with David Ospina still to concede a goal since making the goalkeepers shirt his own another one. The form of young Hector Bellerin at right back has been a revelation too and with each game he looks more and more likely to make that position his own for a long time to come. Nacho Monreal continues to improve at left back too and that win was the 10th in a row for the team when he has started.
There's a real feeling it's coming good for Arsenal at just the right time and they couldn't be in better form heading into the business end of the season. A good win over Spurs would be the next step on the road and I believe they have the players to do just that on Saturday. With Arsenal playing before their rivals a win would put them third in the table and within three points of second to put a little pressure on the other teams before they play. Let's hope that's exactly what we get in a weekend which promises an awful lot.
That's it for today.
See you tomorrow.