The Unai Emery era began at Arsenal with a pair of tricky matches. Manchester City and Chelsea will never be easy at the best of times, but for Emery it proved too much.
A pair of defeats, and Arsenal were needing to kick their season into gear in late August.
And boy, did they.
Arsenal have won their last nine matches in all competitions, and have looked pretty good doing it. A 5-1 drubbing of Fulham was indicative of just how much this team has turned things around, and Gunners fans will be eagerly awaiting the end of the international break.
Here’s how we think Arsenal might get on over their next five games:
Oct 22 - Leicester City (H) - WIN
Arsenal return to action on Monday Night Football with a prime-time encounter with Leicester City. The Foxes looked very ordinary in their most recent outing, a 2-1 defeat at home to Everton. This should be business as usual in front of the cameras for the North Londoners.
Oct 25 - Sporting (A) - DRAW
Europa League trips are never easy, never mind one where you’ve had just two full days in between games. The atmosphere in Portugal could be ferocious, and Arsenal will need a gritty showing to get the job done.
Oct 28 - Crystal Palace (A) - DRAW
A heavily congested period of fixtures, and the unenviable task of travelling across the capital to Selhurst Park awaits. Palace will have a point to prove after a disappointing start to the season, and Wilfried Zaha will be out to sink Arsenal hearts. Nevertheless, Arsenal should have the quality to come away with at least a point.
Oct 31 - Blackpool (H) - WIN
The Gunners return home to face Blackpool in the League Cup during the week. It will be another chance to see exciting youngsters like Emile Smith Rowe in action, as Arsenal look to reach the quarter finals.
Nov 3 - Liverpool (H)
Arsenal then welcome Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool to the Emirates. The Reds are currently misfiring, and a rested Arsenal squad from the week could hand the German boss his first Premier League defeat of the season.