By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger admits he is worried by the gap that has opened up between his Arsenal team and leaders Manchester United.

The Premier League champions are setting the pace this season with five wins from their five games so far, including an 8-2 victory over the Gunners at Old Trafford.

Wenger's side are already 11 points adrift and, although they will try to cut that gap when Bolton visit Emirates Stadium on Saturday, the Frenchman is concerned.

"Of course I am worried," he said. "It is absolutely not realistic not to be worried when you have a team like Manchester United in front of you.

"The only thing we can do is focus on our performances, win our games and hope they will drop some points at some stage. For us, at the moment, we have to be realistic. Let’s not look too much at Manchester United and win our next game.

"Of course we want to go back and win our games. I feel that we just want to focus on playing our game and finding our collective play as quickly as we can.

"There were some good signs at Blackburn, especially in the first half, and we just want to extend that kind of performance for 90 minutes. I am very positive about our ability and on a longer term that will come out."

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