Arsenal romped to a 6-1 home win over Southampton on Saturday, and the result was so impressive that it prompted Cesc Fabregas to tip his former Gunners teammates for the title all the way from Spain (via ESPN FC).
Arsene Wenger himself got in on the title-challenge prognostication (via The Independent)—though admittedly, he hedged his words with a trip to Manchester City looming next—a mere two matches after his team started the season with back-to-back scoreless draws.
And why not, right?
Santi Cazorla once again oozed class as Arsenal tore through Southampton relentlessly in the first half. Lukas Podolski scored with a nifty free kick and completed every last one of the 31 passes he attempted. Fourteen of those passes, by the way, came in Southampton's defensive third (via Arseblog).
Theo Walcott scored against his old club and gave Gooners something else to think about for a day besides his contract saga. Even Gervinho, the target of so much (deserved) criticism during his debut campaign last season, chipped in with two well-taken goals.
The defense finally conceded (more on that momentarily), but with only one goal allowed this season compared to eight scored, the Gunners have a more balanced team than in recent years.
So is it too soon to talk title challenge? Maybe so, but like Wenger hinted, we'll find out more after the Manchester City match.