There are still clear problems with the Arsenal team and yesterday’s win over Aston Villa does not change that fact one bit.
But it is just as clear that Arsenal is not the only top-six club with significant issues, in fact, only Man City and Liverpool can be considered genuine top-six clubs.
There is no guarantee that Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd and Tottenham will finish above Leicester City this season, any of them can easily finish outside the top-six.
Chelsea are not in good shape at all, yes they record the odd good win but they also struggle to pick up points and got beat at home in the Champions League midweek, they are 11th in the Premier League for a reason.
United are no different, they are on the same points as Chelsea and now without a recognised striker, they look all over the place and West Ham dealt with them with ease at the weekend.
Tottenham, also on the same points as Chelsea and United are weird to judge, there is definitely something wrong with them I just don’t have a clue what it is.
Point being is that Arsenal may be in bad shape but their closest rivals are in worse condition in my opinion and out of the four it is Arsenal that looks far more likely to get stronger and better.
Tottenham, Chelsea and United do have the odd injuries for sure, Spurs have lost Giovani Lo Celso to injury, United have injuries galore and Chelsea would love to have the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi back but they also have serious internal issues and none of them looks like their respective issues will be resolved anytime soon.
It is different with Arsenal, their injured players are due back very soon and their new signings are getting closer and closer to full match fitness.
Arsenal will be at full strength very soon, their rivals will not and so it may not be smelling like roses at Arsenal right now but neither does it smell like a cowshed.