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Arsenal: Arteta calls for patience in Premier League title ‘marathon’

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The Gunners have found a brilliant start to the new Premier League season.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has shrugged off suggestions that his side are among Premier League’s title contenders. 

The Gunners are the only English side who have finished their first four games of the new season with consecutive victories.

Following victories over Crystal Palace, Leicester, and Bournemouth, Arteta’s side claimed a 2-1 win over Fulham on Saturday. But the Spaniard believes it’s too early to assess his side’s chances in the EPL title race.

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“No, I think it’s just the start of the season,” Arteta told Sky Sports when asked if Arsenal are now title contenders. “This is a long, long marathon. Everybody has to suffer at some stage. We’re on a good run and we have to try to maintain it.

“Absolutely not [getting carried away]. Be humble and hungry.”

He added: “Now it’s onto the next one. We have games this week so we have to prepare and recover well and be ready because every game in this league is so demanding. You can see the results. We need to be ready.”

Arsenal sit at the top of the Premier League table with a two-point lead over Manchester City.

The Gunners must lock horns with Aston Villa as their next league opponents on Wednesday.