It was Christmas yesterday and Arsenal being on top of the Premier League table made it a lot more joyous than it would’ve otherwise been.

Mikel Arteta’s men have been incredible this season. We’ve lost just one game in the Premier League and have 37 points on board after 14 games. That is a stunning return and we completely deserve to be where we are – on top of the table at Christmas.

Arsenal XI last time they were on top at Christmas
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The last time this happened was 15 years ago, in 2007. Here’s what our starting XI looked like in our final game before Christmas that year.

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Arsenal XI last time we were top at Christmas

Just like this season, Arsenal had lost just once back in the 2007/08 campaign up until Christmas. Our final game before the festival was a North London Derby against Tottenham. We won 2-1.

Here’s a look at the lineup Arsene Wenger named that day.

Manuel Almunia started in goal with a back four of Gael Clichy, William Gallas, Kolo Toure and Bacary Sagna. It doesn’t look like the greatest of defences now, but they did the job.

Our central midfield featured Matheu Flamini and 20-year-old Cesc Fabregas, who had already established himself as a top-quality midfielder in the Premier League. He assisted both goals in our 2-1 win.

Thomas Rosicky started on the left wing and Alexander Hleb played as a number 10. On the right side, it was Emmanuel Eboue – what a joy it was to watch him play. He still brings a smile to our faces.

Arsenal XI last time they were on top at Christmas
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Emmanuel Adebayor led the line that day and he scored our opener. He was terrific that campaign, banging in 24 goals in the Premier League in 36 appearances.

Niklas Bendtner came off the bench and scored the winner. Our other substitutes that day were Jens Lehmann, Philippe Senderos, Gilberto Silva and Eduardo. Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott were both unavailable for the game.

Even though Fabregas was incredible in the game, BBC Sport handed the Man of the Match award to Adebayor for his goal.

Arsenal XI vs Tottenham on December 22, 2007: Almunia, Clichy, Gallas, Toure, Sagna, Fabregas, Flamini, Eboue, Hleb, Rosicky, Adebayor

Arsenal XI last time they were on top at Christmas
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