Emmanuel Adebayor has dismissed Sunday's trip to Liverpool as the first huge test of Arsenal's title credentials.
Arsène Wenger's side are two points clear at the top of the Premier League table with a game in hand. They are also top of Champions League Group H and rattled up their 12th straight win with a 7-0 drubbing of Slavia Prague in midweek.
It is imperious form but one of the question marks hung over the team by critics and commentators is the fact they had not played one of their traditional top four rivals. That will be put right this weekend when Arsenal visit Liverpool.
The 23-year-old Togolese striker has full respect for the Anfield side but argues that Arsenal have had significant hurdles this season and leapt over them with something to spare.
"It will be a tough game," said Adebayor. "But every time we play people are saying 'it's a test game, it's a test game'. Then when we win they say 'another test will be coming'. So the most important thing is to pass this test.
"We are doing good at the moment and we play Liverpool on Sunday, one of the biggest teams in Europe, so hopefully we will win."
In the absence of the injured Robin van Persie, Adebayor knows more of the goal-scoring burden will fall on him. He is already thinking of hitting the net at Anfield and when Manchester United visit the following Saturday.
"As a footballer you have to always have a dream," he said. "I am dreaming about scoring against Liverpool on Sunday and then I am dreaming about scoring against United at home.
"Every single player has to have a dream. But, as I said, the most important thing is to keep on going, keep our heads on our shoulders and take three points from Liverpool."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 26 Oct 2007