By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger believes the game at Chelsea on Saturday will tell him how far his side have progressed in the past month.
Arsenal started the campaign slowly after disappointing defeats against Liverpool, Manchester United and Blackburn in the opening weeks.
However they have rallied since bringing in a host of players just before the transfer window closed. The team have now won seven out of their last eight games – a run that has put them in the Quarter-Finals of the Carling Cup, top of their Champions League Group and up to seventh in the Premier League table.
However the manager believes that third-place Chelsea at Stamford Bridge will be another matter. Speaking to Arsenal Player on Thursday, Wenger agreed the fixture would be a yardstick against which to measure his side.
“Yes, definitely,” he said. “I believe that we have grown as a team compared with one month ago.
“Now we face the real tests of our quality and, of course, that is where we want to show that we have improved. That's what is at stake at the moment.
“A positive result would demonstrate that we are ready to compete at the top again. That is what we want to achieve of course and we will give absolutely everything to do well in this game. We will have a go.
“Chelsea are up there, they have quality, and for me at Manchester United they showed that quality.
“They are a bit more creative than they were before because Juan Mata has given them something a bit more in the final third.
“They look to be in better shape than last year so it will demand a strong defensive performance on our side. We also need to attack them like we used to away from home.”Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source