Cesc Fabregas refuses to get carried away by Arsenal's flying start to the season - because a start is all it is.
The captain was at his best on Wednesday night, scoring two goals and setting up two others as Arsène Wenger's side kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 6-0 thrashing of Braga.
Arsenal have been equally impressive in the Premier League, racking up three wins and a draw from their opening four fixtures. But Fabregas has urged caution ahead of Saturday's trip to Sunderland.
"We’re happy with ten points from four Premier League games," he told the Official Matchday Programme.
"We’d have preferred 12 but we’re up there, we’re second, and now we need to guard against losing more points because we’ll need everything we can get at the end of the season.
"I’m not going to read too much into our beating both Blackburn and Bolton – in previous years we might have done the same thing before collapsing against the big sides, so it’s best that we just keep going, keep improving and keep making things difficult for whoever we face.
"On Saturday, that will be Sunderland. It’s always a very difficult place to go - and it always seems if we play late in the day there, around 5.30pm!
"Last season we didn’t do well at the Stadium of Light, but it was straight after an international break and we were perhaps a bit tired, so we hope for better this time."
This interview first appeared in the Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.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 16 Sep 2010