Arsène Wenger does not mind that few observers consider his side to be serious Premier League contenders.

The Gunners are two points clear at the top of the table with a quarter of the season gone following Saturday’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.

We want to be considered a very strong team and that only comes with the way we play and with our results so let's just focus on that

Wenger was pleased with the victory at Selhurst Park, which came despite Mikel Arteta’s 65th-minute sending off, and believes it bodes well for the rest of the campaign.

“I believe we have gained a maturity and even down to 10 men you never felt that we were really in trouble,” he told Arsenal Player.

“We got the second goal and our victory is maybe a bit underrated because Palace were good opponents on the day. They were massively strong, very disciplined and overall you needed something special to win the game and we did that.

“[The result] also reflects the desire and the ambition of the team because we are ready to put that effort in. If you look at our offensive record it looks very good and our defensive record is good. That's what we want to keep working on.

“We don't mind [the lack of title talk]. We want to be considered a very strong team and that only comes with the way we play and with our results so let's just focus on that.”

Copyright 2014 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 Rob Kelly 28 Oct 2013