When the Premier League started Arsenal looked like a shell of the team that had been a regular in the top four and would have been lucky to finish in the top half of the table.
After a 2-0 loss to Liverpool and a humiliating 8-2 loss to Manchester United Arsenal went into emergency mode and brought in reinforcements and just when you thought a revival might be on the cards the Gunners hit rock bottom with an embarrassing 4-3 loss at Blackburn where Arsenal gave up two own goals after leading 2-1 at halftime.
Since then Arsenal has turned its season around by winning eight of nine games moving up to seventh in the table and topping their Champions League group. Today, Arsenal defeated Chelsea 5-3 in a game that at times felt like the final score was going to finnish 9-8. Robin Van Persie who can't stop scoring had a hat trick and goals by Theo Walcott and Andreas Santos helped cement the win and give Arsenal an unexpected win at Stamford Bridge. It is difficult to know how long this good fortune will last.
Is Arsenal going to find themselves back in the top four or are they just on a roller coaster with more ups and downs on the way? One thing is for certain and that is Robin Van Persie is a true world class goal scorer and getting him secured to a long term deal should be the most important thing on Arsene Wenger's to do list. The Acquisition of Mikel Arteta has also been a huge plus.
Arteta is not as good as Cesc Fabragas but he is solid and experienced and while his work is unspectacular at times it is effective and his understanding in the midfield with Aaron Ramsey and Alexander Song has helped make the Gunners a difficult team to defend. While all this is good there is still some bad as the defense has still had a hard time keeping the ball out of their own net and while Wojciech Szczesny should have been sent off in the game against Chelsea and does have a tendency to leave his line a little early he is a solid goalkeeper and capable of keeping Arsenal in games.
The problem comes from lack of communication and lack of familiarity with having a consistent back four. With qualification for the knockout stage of the Champions League close and winnable games coming up against West Brom, Norwich, Fulham, Wigan and Everton, Arsenal has a chance to solidify themselves in the top half of the table and get into position for a run at qualification for next years Champions League.
Arsene Wenger has done a fantastic job this last month of helping turn around a team in crisis and turning them into a better and more solid team. There is still a lot of work to do and there are more players that will need to be brought in if Arsenal is to make a run at the league but for the first time this season things are starting to look up.