It is too early to draw any definitive judgement on whether Arsenal will have a better campaign than last season but there are clear signs that there is progress and that does give us good reason to believe we will be successful over the next ten months.
The season kicked off with an away win and a clean sheet, that in itself is a very positive sign, last season there was just one clean sheet on the road.
The home win over Burnley was nothing sensational but it was efficient and comfortable and meant that for the first time in a decade Arsenal won their opening two games.
The 3-1 loss against Liverpool was a disappointment and there were not too many positives to take from the game but we saw enough of Nicolas Pepe to know that he is a terrific signing.
All this without our strongest defence, with new players still finding their feet and our best team not being fielded from the start.
Taking the Liverpool game in isolation and it is easy to feel that nothing has changed but when you take all three games into consideration, the injuries and so on, the signs are there that this Arsenal side is definitely an upgrade on last season.
Once Tierney, Bellerin and Holding are back, once Pepe and Ceballos get up to speed in the Premier League, once the likes of Willock and Nelson get more game time and experience under their belt I am absolutely sure that Arsenal will be a lot more formidable than what we have seen so far.
To me, the signs are clear, progress has been made.