Three Premier League games without a win in September had many doubting Antonio Conte's ability to manage in the English top-flight, but the Italian has led Chelsea to their joint-longest winning run of the modern era, surpassing that of Jose Mourinho.
With the divisional record now in sight, Arsenal's 13-match streak in 2001/02, the Special One's Blues outfit fell short of the Gunners' best having notched 20 goals and conceded four in 10 straight wins during the 2005/06 campaign.
Longest Premier League winning runs
Arsenal (2001-2002): 13 wins
Chelsea (2016-2017): 11 wins
Liverpool (2013-2014): 11 wins
Manchester United (1999-2000 & 2008-2009): 11 wins
Conte's side have managed a superior 25 goals to two in their last 11 games, however, clawing back the eight-point gap between themselves and Manchester City to go nine points clear with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Chelsea's best Premier League winning runs
Antonio Conte: 11 (2016-17)
Hiddink & Ancelotti: 11 (5 in 2008-2009 & 6 in 2009-2010)
Jose Mourinho: 10 (2005-2006)
Jose Mourinho: 9 (2005-2006)
One of the key factors of Chelsea's latest turnaround is their switch to 3-4-3, bringing summer signing Marcos Alonso in to mirror previously outcast winger Victor Moses on the flanks and pushing Eden Hazard up the pitch to play with top scorer Diego Costa.
Beating the Eagles also put Conte alongside the club record of 11 wins that Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti achieved across their respective spells in 2009; and with Bournemouth, Stoke City, and Tottenham Hotspur up next the Italian may be looking to push further past his predecessors' tallies and even break Arsenal's record.