Arsenal's Cardiff victory was the win of champions

Arsenal did what Manchester City and Manchester United couldn't, win at Cardiff.

Arsenal surged to the top of the table on Saturday night, yet the comments from pundits on Match of the Day were familiar.

'They have not played Chelsea or City yet', 'What happens if Giroud gets injured?'

Rather than give the Gunners the credit they deserve, many were piling on to write Arsenal off still - including Michael Owen who stuck by his assertion Wenger's men will finish fifth.

Here's the thing. It almost does not matter what Arsenal do against Chelsea and Manchester City, if they can continue to beat the 'smaller' teams.

Against Cardiff, Arsenal not only ground out a result, but sauntered to a 3-0 victory, despite players like Olivier Giroud being far from his best.

Manchester United just a week before had faltered, drawing 2-2 in Wales, while Manchester City had been beaten 3-2 by Cardiff back in August.

Arsenal's result was not a one off. Ever since their opening day loss, they have been a model of consistency.

Teams like United, Chelsea and City; more popular tips for the title, have all faltered with both Moyes and Mourinho dropping points to West Brom. and City picking up just four points all season away from home.

Back in 2008/09, Liverpool demolished United 4-1 at Old Trafford, but couldn't win the league, dropping needless points against the likes of Stoke and West Ham.

Arsenal are displaying a ruthless streak which the United side of that year showed in killing off opponents, and while it's a cliche to say 'that's what champions are made of', that's exactly what it is.

The Gunners could lose to City and Chelsea this month as they did to United, but if they can continue to win the rest of their fixtures, and their rivals can't kick on - then they will remain in the driving seat.

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