Arsene Wenger believes it is too early to consider Arsenal Premier League title challengers after his side thrashed Aston Villa 5-0 on Sunday.
Arsenal are 11 points adrift of leaders Chelsea, despite easing past Paul Lambert’s men to record three straight Premier League wins for the first time this season.
Wenger had predicted that the top two – Chelsea and Manchester City – would draw on Saturday, yet although both teams did drop points, he does not envisage them slipping up to allow Arsenal into the race.
“It’s too early to say that,” said Wenger when asked whether his team were now in the title race.
“We are 11 points behind. That means they [Chelsea and City] need to lose four games and we need to win four.
“I believe that we should try to be consistent and see what happens.”
Arsenal will be aided in their quest to achieve that consistency by the return of several key men.
Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott made long-awaited returns to the starting line-up on Sunday and both got on the scoresheet, with Ozil also creating Arsenal’s first for Olivier Giroud.