Despite Arsenal being top of the table at the halfway point following a 0-1 away win to Newcastle at St. James Park thanks to a goal from Oliver Giroud the Gunners boss played down any talk of winning the premiership title telling Sky Sports: “We believe in ourselves and we are determined to give our best, absolutely, and to turn back on the season at the end and think we have given our best.”

“I hope it will be enough, of course, but it’s a long way to go. It’s too early to say that.”

Wenger was delighted by the strength and determination in his side a trait they have improved on since last season.

He added: “We have come out of very difficult games – we have played Everton, we have played Manchester City, Chelsea, at West Ham and Newcastle.

“We have dropped some points, but I felt it was more down to the heavy schedule and the short recovery time we have had than to the difficulty of the games.

“But we have to show it on the pitch, and that’s what we try to do.”