By Richard Clarke
Gael Clichy has dismissed all the title talk surrounding
Arsenal as premature.
Arsène Wenger's side are sitting pretty on top of the table and can go six points clear if they win at Newcastle on Wednesday night. History is on their side too, a haul of 36 points in their first 14 games represents their best start since the Premier League began.
Certainly a season that began in hope is turning to one of anticipation. If Wenger's young side continue on their current run, expectation will be the dominant emotion come the New Year.
But Clichy is not getting carried away. The 22-year-old became the youngest winner of a Premier League medal during the "Invincibles" season of 2003/04. Now established at left back, he desperately wants another but is intensely aware that barely a third of the fixture list has been played.
"Everyone showed at Aston Villa that we have the desire to do something good this year," commented the Frenchman. "Like the boss has said we have quality and big strength in the squad, now we must carry on like this.
"All of us think we can do something at Newcastle, as for being champions it is a bit early. We still have plenty of games. This is a big week for us we know but we have Chelsea and Tottenham coming up too. I think we can do something this season but let's just look at this game at Newcastle at the moment.
"Being top of the League is a great pleasure but since the start of the season I said we had great quality in the team and the spirit was there. Now we are in December and we have shown people that we are ready.
"We know we can do it [at Newcastle] and we'll go there to make it happen. If we go with desire and spirit we know we can get three points."