With Arsenal sitting on top of the Premiership, holding a slender one point lead over Manchester City and two over Chelsea after last week end’s fixtures, you could righty expect expert opinion to praise the Gunners’ ten clean sheets, or extol the defensive capabilities of the Per Mertersacker and Laurent Koscielny partnership which has combined to concede only one goal in seven Premiership games. In fact when the defensive pairing has started and finished the game together, Arsenal have managed to remain unbeaten over an amazing 29 game stretch. That takes some doing, but as Arsenal beat Fulham with two goals from Santi Cazorla, weekend press coverage in the UK seemed to favour City and Chelsea, with even the current demise of Manchester United higher on the agenda than any focus on Arsene Wenger’s side.

Should Arsenal fans be overly worried of concerned? Wenger has had more than his fair share of detractors of late, and this good news Gunners’ story still doesn’t fit the media mould who have traditionally shown more of an appetite for upheaval than upturn of fortunes at Arsenal.

Wenger has been on record to say that at this stage in season’s past, Arsenal have usually been looking up the table, with Champions League qualification the sole priority. Early indications suggested that Arsenal would be in that familiar situation this season too, so how dare the Gunners have the temerity to stay at the Premiership summit for all but one weekend since last September.

Further in England’s north, Manuel Pellegrini has been the latest manager entrusted with City’s billionaire benefactors largesse ,who have no hesitation in bringing out the cheque book to assemble their star studded side. That template was arguably created across the capital, where Chelsea’s money no object approach has arguably brought ( bought ?) success in the recent past.

Wenger, to the frustration of many has always preferred a spend within your own means approach, a more prudent approach and with financial fair play rules on the horizon, that makes sense. That is of course until creative accountants turn up and massage the figures to fit.

So bringing in Mesut Özil for a club record £42.4 million in the summer went against Wenger’s way, but that single capture from Real Madrid has galvanised the talented players under his charge.

Granted, Özil has been off his own high standards in the last few games, rarely hitting those highs achieved in Arsenal’s Champions League win over Napoli at the Emirates stadium, but then the man of who Wenger said ” We”re lucky to have him,” in Cazorla has come to the fore in his second season in the Premiership.

Cazorla, gifted with balance and comfortable on either foot has had a good look at what is required over the course of the season. He, Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta and teenager Serge Gnabry have stepped up with impressive performances that could allay the fears from losing Theo Walcott for six months due to his knee injury enforced absence. And let’s not forget the tireless efforts of top scorer Aaron Ramsey who returns soon, and the efforts of often lone striker Olivier Giroud who has brought goals and hold up play to the Arsenal title challenge table.

The bedrock of all of that of course is the defence, which brings us back to Mertersacker and Koscielny. Entrusted with the captain’s armband, Mertersacker was every bit the captain at Villa Park, where he had no hesitation in letting Cazolra know what he thought when his mistake allowed Aston Villa to score. That spirit and never say die attitude has carried the Gunners this season and every indication has pointed to the fact that Wenger’s team could finally deliver their first trophy since 2005 or even their first title since a year before that.

Perhaps the under the radar media coverage has actually had a positive effect at the Emirates stadium, and if that’s the case, then the UK media should continue to focus on events away from the red half of North London. Wenger’s side and his defence in particular will just keep on doing what is needed.