Arsene Wenger says Sunday’s game against Manchester United has an “even bigger meaning” because of the teams’ proximity in the table.
The Gunners go into the match three points behind Louis van Gaal’s side, having won 5-2 at previously unbeaten Leicester City last weekend.
Wenger is looking forward to facing a long-term rival, having experienced some memorable battles against them down the years.
"It has an even bigger meaning now because there are three points between the teams, and we play at home in a big game"
“It is a special fixture because usually Man United are always fighting at the top,” the manager said. “It has an even bigger meaning now because there are three points between the teams, and we play at home in a big game.
“We have just come from a big win at Leicester and we want to continue our run. We are the only team who has beaten [Leicester], so I don't see why we should not believe we can beat Manchester United.
“At the moment it is too difficult to say that any team dominates the championship,” added Wenger. “It is so tight that one point more after seven games does not mean you will suddenly make a big difference in the league.
“It is settling at the moment and it is a very important time in the Premier League but you cannot come to a conclusion that one team is above everybody else.”
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