Last time Arsenal had a 10-game win streak they finished third and won nothing

It was 2007-08, Arsenal had lost Henry and Ljungberg, but started the season in sensational form. But they didn't win a single thing...

Opening day of the season - a rampant Aston Villa catch Arsenal cold at The Emirates and run riot sending The Emirates into a mixture of shocked silence and angry booing.

#WengerOut trends on Twitter, fans want to see change and again nobody believes they can get anywhere near a trophy this season.

Fast forward to last night, and an Arsenal team containing Mesut Ozil were comfortable winners against one of the best teams in Europe at The Emirates - and they did so as table-toppers.

What a difference a few weeks make - and now people are really starting to believe this batch of Arsenal players, with a sprinkling of Ozil and Aaron Ramsey reborn, can actually win something, maybe even the Premier or Champions League trophy - it does not take long for some football fans and pundits to get carried away.

But a ten game win streak is impressive nonetheless and today the omens were released - ‘The Invincibles’ best win streak was ten - can this team win the league like their ancestors?

Arsenal? Chelsea? Who will take the Premier League by the 'scruff of the neck'?

Now, I don’t want to be a Buzz Killington, but Arsenal have won ten on the bounce since then - most recently in the 2007-08 season.

The club lost icons such as Thierry Henry and Freddie Ljungberg that summer and only brought in unknown entities such as Eduardo, Lukasz Fabianski and Bacary Sagna - so many expected the worst.

But The Gunners started out on fire. Between the 25th August 2007 and the 28th October 2007 the club won an incredible 12 games on the bounce - beating the likes of Tottenham, Sevilla and Manchester City along the way.

It came to an end when they drew 1-1 with Liverpool at Anfield but times were still good for the club. They lost their first game of the season in a Champions League tie against Sevilla in November, and didn’t lose in the league until a visit to Middlesbrough in December 2007 - the signs looked good.

But performances began to drop off about February time and in the end, despite their excellent start, they ended up empty handed.

They were knocked out of the Champions League by Liverpool, the FA Cup by Manchester United and the League Cup by local rivals Spurs (in a 5-1 thrashing) - and finished third in the league behind Manchester United and Chelsea.

I am not saying they will have the same sort of season, not at all - but I am saying that people should just relax slightly, it is early days yet and one bad month can see the title slip away like it did for Arsenal in 07-08.

But if you don’t care for realism and just want to get sick with excitement, fair enough. Arsenal’s 83 points from the 07-08 season would have been enough to win the Premier League in 2011, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1997 and 1996.

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