Like last year, Arsenal went into Christmas Day at the top of the Premier League table and Mikel Arteta's side will be determined to avoid a repeat of last season's capitulation that saw them hand the title to Manchester City.
Key to their success so far this season has been their strength at home, with the Gunners winning seven and drawing two of their nine Premier League fixtures at the Emirates so far.
It's to the credit of Aston Villa, Newcastle and Liverpool that Arsenal's home form only ranks the fourth-best in the division, despite amassing 23 points from a possible 27 so far.
Starting the season with a 2-1 win at home to Nottingham Forest, Arsenal were unconvincing in their next clash at the Emirates as they were held to a 2-2 draw against Fulham.
They responded with a 3-1 victory over Manchester United before playing out a tantalising North London Derby, where they had to settle for a share of the spoils after a Son Heung-min brace.
Arsenal have already encountered arguably their toughest opponents on paper and defeated them, with Gabriel Martinelli's late strike sealing a 1-0 win over Manchester City in October.
Since then the Gunners have chalked up routine home wins against Sheffield United, Burnley and Wolves before beating Brighton, who were one of only two teams to reign triumphant at the Emirates last season.
Arteta's outfit are still to oppose title rivals Liverpool at home but with Arsenal emerging from Anfield with a draw, they will fancy themselves to at least replicate that result when the two sides meet in February.
You would have to go back to 2007/08 for the last time Arsenal went an entire Premier League campaign unbeaten at home and given they've already opposed two of the best travelling sides so far this season, there's every chance the Gunners will keep their undefeated record intact as they seek their first title in 19 years.