Arsenal have slipped a bit from their previous mouthwatering form. But since their two recent losses were in non-Premier League games, they still top the standings by two points.
The team immediately below them is Liverpool, surging into second place thanks to the lethal combination of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. The Reds are only two points behind Arsenal and will arrive at the Emirates Stadium plump with confidence.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are entering their most difficult period of the season by far. The coming match will be followed by a midweek trip to Borussia Dortmund before they hop back to England to clash with Manchester United.
Arsene Wenger has a lot to think about. Let's look at which players he might pick to start.