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Arsenal star plays down 'invincibles' comparison

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Arsenal star Mikel Arteta has dismissed talk that the current side can be compared to the legendary 'invincibles' team of the 2003/04 season.

On the back of a brilliant run of results that culminated in their 2-0 dismantling of Rafael Benitez's impressive Napoli side, Arsenal have been elevated to strong title contenders, and are expected to solidify their spot at the top of the Premier League with a win over West Brom at the weekend.

The victory over Napoli on Tuesday night was Arsenal's tenth in a row, meaning they have not lost since their opening day 3-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa.

But Arteta is determined to keep his feet firmly on the ground and, although he admits the acquisition of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid has given the side an extra gear, it is far too early to be suggesting that the team is capable of repeating the feats achieved by Wenger's all-conquering outfit of 03/04, which included the likes of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires.

"I don’t think we are at that level yet, but competition [for places] makes everyone work harder so it is a great thing because it raises the level," said the former Everton man.

"If you don’t play well for one or two games, then you can be dropped.

"We have players to come back like Santi [Cazorla] and Abou Diaby and that’s the way we want it. When it is really tough, everyone is at 100 per cent and that makes a big difference."

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