Arsène Wenger is taking nothing for granted despite Arsenal’s tremendous start to November.
The 2-0 win over Liverpool on Saturday sent the Gunners five points clear at the top of the Premier League - their biggest lead since February 2008.
And the Frenchman admits even he is surprised at his side's turnaround in fortunes since their opening-day defeat at Emirates Stadium.
It's very, very important now to continue our run and respond well against Dortmund because everybody will look at that gameArsène Wenger
"After the Aston Villa game, if I had told you that [this would happen] I would have to run away because you would have killed me," said Wenger. "It shows you that things can change quickly but that should as well alert us that it can go the other way. We must keep good focus, continue to develop our team as there’s room for improvement.
"At the moment, with 10 games played, you can say 25 per cent of the season [has gone]. You see the first tendencies and trends but it’s still not settled.
“By the end of November you will have a clearer idea."
The victory over the Reds got Arsenal's crucial week off to the perfect start and Wenger thinks it will provide his side a much-needed confidence boost ahead of the midweek trip to Borussia Dortmund.
"It's very, very important now to continue our run and respond well against Dortmund because everybody will look at that game.
“It’s a big game but let’s recover first and afterwards I’m sure the team will go there with a great desire."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 3 Nov 2013