By Declan Taylor
The Premier League's first ‘trend' does not appear until after 10 games, according to Arsène Wenger.
Earlier this week, Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez said now is too early to make any assumption on this Premier League season and his fellow manager agrees wholeheartedly.
Arsenal may have swept aside Everton and Celtic while Manchester United squeaked past Birmingham and then lost at Burnley. But Wenger will not be making any assumptions until around the start of November.
"Benitez is right, it is too early because you do not see the first trend until after 10 games," the manager said at Friday's press conference.
"I agree completely with Benitez that it is far too early to speak about anything which will happen in this Premier League.
"We will have had some tough games by then, so that is why now we have our feet on the ground."
Although Wenger will not read too much into the early-season form, he admits that the results - and points-haul - will have a major bearing on his side's season on and off the pitch.
"After ten games, we will not only have played Manchester City and Man United but, interestingly in our case, is that after four games we will have played three times away from home," he said.
"So if we do well, we will be in a strong position to have a positive trend after ten games. So the weight of these two games will certainly be very important, to see how strong we do away from home against the big teams.
"Of course, it will have an impact, on our belief as well."