Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal have a “good chance” of a serious Premier League title challenge this season, and has praised Mikel Arteta for returning a sense of identity to the club.
Arsenal hold a one-point advantage over Manchester City and Tottenham at the top of the Premier League table, having won six of their first seven games this season.
It is only the third time Arsenal have won six of their first seven games in a Premier League season, having done so under Wenger in 2004-05 and 2007-08.
While City and Tottenham have joined Arsenal unbeaten so far, last season’s runners-up Liverpool have struggled, posting their lowest points tally after six games in a season since Jurgen Klopp took over. took orders (nine).
Wenger, who won three league titles during his 22 years with the Gunners, believes his former club could capitalize on other teams’ struggles to pressure silverware.
“I think they have a good chance this season because I don’t see any super dominant team,” he told Sky Sports.
“I believe there’s a good opportunity this season to do that, and of course it’s also a bit special season because you have the World Cup in the middle.
“You don’t know how much it will affect the performance of individual players in teams, and overall I think there’s a good opportunity there.”
Arteta was named Premier League Manager of the Month after leading Arsenal to a perfect August, but Wenger believes his most impressive achievement was establishing an identity at the Emirates Stadium.
“I personally think that Mikel Arteta was very aware of the values of the club, because he was educated at Arsenal, he was captain of my teams and he wanted to restore the values of the club,” added Wenger.
“Overall I think he did it well. After that you have to create the belief and a sense of belonging, that you belong to something special, something bigger than you that you want. to serve.
“On that front I think he did well. I’m still in touch with them and overall I think they’re going in the right direction.
“Arsenal are a special club, with special values. There is a good balance between tradition and forward thinking, and overall I think they are doing well now.”
Arsenal will face a major test of their credentials when the Premier League resumes after the international break, as they host Tottenham in the first North London derby of the season on October 1.