Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has dismissed talk of the current Gunners side replicating the historic feats of The Invincibles, but is confident the club are heading in the right direction.
After losing their opening Premier League game of the season to Aston Villa, Arsene Wenger's side have gone on to rack up 10 straight wins in all competitions to bring a sense of optimism back to the Emirates Stadium.
Coupled with the immediate impact of record signing Mesut Ozil, early indications suggest that the Gunners are now perfectly placed to bring a welcomed end to their trophy-less run which dates began to 2005.
The Gunners sit at the top of the Premier League table two points clear of Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool and are yet to show any sign of slowing down.
But despite their improvement compared to last season - The Gunners had racked up nine points from their first six games this time last year compared to 15 today - Arteta has urged caution amid suggestions his side are now ready to once again dominate English football, as the heralded 2003/04 squad did.
"I don't think we are at that level yet, but competition makes everyone work harder so it is a great thing because it raises that level," Arteta said.
"If you don't play well for one or two games then you can be dropped.
"We have players to come back like Santi (Cazorla) and Abou Diaby and that's the way we want it. When it is really tough, everyone is at 100 per cent and that makes a big difference."
The sight of Jack Wilshere starting Arsenal's crucial Champions League clash with Napoli on the substitute's bench mid-week gave a strong indication of how much depth there now is in Arsenal's midfield.
With Cazorla and Diaby still to return, the Gunners could fall back on the options of Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini to link up with Arteta, allowing the England midfielder a rest from first team duties.