The sands have shifted for the Premier League and Arsenal FC. For the first time since 2004, and that amazing season of the Invincibles, the Gunners are now viable Premier League contenders.
This comes on the back of having lost Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri last season and Robin van Persie and Alex Song this past summer.
So the question must be asked; How have the Arsenal gone from losing four almost irreplaceable stars to being title contenders?
It is a question that has many answers, with every one beginning with the uttering of the sacred name that is Arsene Wenger.
Le Prof, as he is known to Arsenal's legion of fans, has been pivotal in the development of the English Premier League as a whole, and as he enters his 63rd year on planet football and his 16th year with the Gunners, he remains one of the best minds in the game.
With him at the helm, Arsenal will always stand a chance at Premier League glory, but he can't do everything, and certain factors have to be in place before any title challenge has a chance to blossom.
Here we look at five factors which will rejuvenate the Gunners' title challenge in 2012/2013 and beyond.