By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger is not reading too much into early-season defeats for Arsenal’s ‘Big Four’ rivals.

Liverpool lost their opening match of the campaign, 2-1 at Tottenham last Sunday. And Manchester United came unstuck at Turf Moor on Wednesday night as newly-promoted Burnley pulled off a famous 1-0 victory.

Considering last season’s top two only lost six games between them in 2008/09, those results raised a few eyebrows and prompted questions of United and Liverpool’s title credentials. But Wenger insists it’s too early to make judgements over this year’s contenders.

“It is unusual [that they both lost] but they have played two difficult opponents – Tottenham for Liverpool and Burnley for Manchester United,” said the Frenchman.

“Burnley came up from the Championship and of course created some upsets last year.

“It [early defeats] can happen, but, we are in a marathon here and it just started.”

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21 Aug 2009