So, here it is, then, the home stretch.
The international break is over and for Arsenal the cup competitions are done. Mikel Arteta’s side have nothing else in front of them other than their remainingPremierLeaguefixtures.
The Gunners are effectively 10 matches away from immortality.
It’s been 19 years since Arsenal were last crowned champions of England and they've not had a better chance to end that run over the past two decades.
After a quite remarkable 28 games, they are eight points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table going into this weekend’s game against Leeds United.
But now they are faced with arguably their toughest task to date: finishing off the job.
Some, like Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gabriel Jesus and Jorginho, have been in this type of position before. But the majority haven’t, and nor has Arteta.
Whether that makes a difference remains to be seen, but so far Arsenal have shown little sign of feeling the pressure.
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When they were beaten by City last month and kicked off top spot in the process, many expected them to fall away. It was assumed that City would just go on and cruise to the title like they always do.
But Arsenal won at Aston Villa the following weekend in dramatic fashion to return to the summit and have followed that up with a further five straight wins.