For the first time in a decade, Arsenal has won their opening two Premier League games and while it was not a perfect performance today against Burnley, there were nevertheless a lot of positives that Unai Emery can take from the game.
Five positives Arsenal can take from the 2-1 win over Burnley
There can be little doubt that he was the best player on the pitch. He was at the centre of the action and dominated the midfield, he was not afraid to go on runs and when required got stuck in with tackles, which he did in creating the winner for Aubameyang.
The Spaniard is only on loan for a season but if he carries on like he did today then the clamour from the fans to covert his loan into a permanent deal will be almost unbearable for the club to withstand.
He may not have had his best game, in fact, he played better against Newcastle last week but he is growing into his role and will get better the more games he is given. He is technically good on the ball, his passing is more assured and overall he was impressive for someone so inexperienced at this level.
Today he showed he is far better in the centre than on the wings and his winner reflected a player absolutely full of confidence. The Gabon international is a truly world-class striker and one way or another Unai Emery will have to build the attack around last seasons Golden Boot winner.
The Spaniard is defying his age and has sent a clear message to Kieran Tierney that he is not going to give up the left-back position without a serious fight. The form he is showing means that Emery will have an abundance of riches on the left flank once Tierney becomes available.
In fact, Monreal could easily play on the left of midfield such was his blistering pace and control of the ball today.
Last season Arsenal heads tended to drop when things went wrong, not today, they took the Burnely equaliser on the chin, stuck to their game plan, continued to dominate and eventually claimed the win. This is a team that is showing character at long last.