By Richard Clarke

For Gael Clichy, the primary aim is not to emulate 'the Invincibles' of 2004 but merely to win the title.

Arsenal retained their healthy lead in the Premiership table with a hard-fought win at West Ham on Saturday.

Afterwards the full back was asked about the possibility of going a Premier League campaign unbeaten as Wenger's side had four seasons ago.

"I don't know if we're going to be unbeatable but I'm sure we're going to be up there at the end of the season," he replied. "The objective is not to be unbeatable really but to finish as close as possible to first place. The rest is a bonus.

"Nobody gave us any chance at the start of the summer but now everyone has changed their opinion about Arsenal.

"We have not won anything for two seasons and they have been difficult years but the quality always was there. Now we have what we've been missing in the last two years - the spirit and the desire to fight for each other.

"Of course that does not mean we are going to have a great season but it gives you hope and if we carry on like this it means that everything is possible for the Club."

Much of Clichy's optimism is based on the recent wins away from home in tough London derbies.

"It was the type of win we didn't get last season," he said. "It was the same at Tottenham. If we'd gone a goal down there last season we might not have come back.

"We have not had a victory against West Ham for a few years now. It was a good challenge and objective to see if we could come back.

"In these types of games you do not get a lot of chances so you just need to try to take the first one and then keep it. We tried to score but 1-0 down they have to play but we had good counter-attacks.

"It shows that we are up for it this year. It is really early we just need to be focussed on the next game. Game after game is the only way to progress. But this win was good for the confidence."

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Richard Clarke 1 Oct 2007