By Richard Clarke

This Premier League title will be harder to win than the one Arsenal lifted in 2004, according to Arsène Wenger.

The Emirates Stadium side are top of the table right now but the manager admits the improving standard of the top flight will make it tough to stay there.

“It will be harder for us, certainly, but it is the same for everyone,” he said.

“It comes down to the fact of how consistent we are. For us, it will be about how much we can improve from now until the end of the season. There is room for improvement in our side and, if we do that, we have a chance to win.

“But we have 32 points after 16 games. You multiply that by two - 64 points after 32 games. That is a lower level for everybody compared to recent years.

“Outside the top teams, clubs are stronger. For example we played against Fulham on Saturday and this team were in the final of the Europa League last season and knocked out Shakhtar Donetsk - who were top of our Champions League group. This means teams are stronger now.”

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