Arsène Wenger maintains he will not get carried away with Arsenal’s position at the top of the Premier League.

Wenger’s side have won their last five games in all competitions after suffering an opening-day defeat to Aston Villa.

Saturday’s victory at Sunderland was the team’s seventh consecutive Premier League away win and the boss says it is important that they do not fall off the pace.

“Who would expect three games [after Aston Villa] to be where we are?” the boss said. “It's very important at the start of the season, maybe the position is not so important but not to be too many points behind anybody else early [on], that is the most important thing.

“Once we had lost against Aston Villa at home, that is the fear you can have, because behind that we played two derbies - Fulham and Tottenham - and to have to go to Sunderland is never an easy place for anybody.

“In between we had the Champions League games so to have won all these games means something to me. Of course it is good for the confidence of the group.”

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