By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger believes this season's champions might not be the team that wins the so-called Big Four mini-league.
In recent times almost every Premier League title winner has had their edge over their main rivals but the Arsenal manager thinks it is too early to decide whether that golden rule will be kept in 2010/11.
Wenger has seen his team lose at Chelsea and Manchester United already this season - leaving them adrift in that mini-league - yet they are just two points adrift of the leaders going into Christmas.
The Frenchman would love to redress the balance when their big rivals visit Emirates Stadium - starting with Chelsea on Monday - but he is not sure if that will be decisive.
"I don't know [how significant the mini-league will be]," said Wenger.
"It is always a good opportunity to make a difference with your direct competitors and you never want to miss that. You know as well the strength and belief of your squad depends so much on doing well in these big games that you want to do it.
"But does it have a decisive influence at the end of the season? You don’t know in December."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 25 Dec 2010