Mikel Arteta says he is thoroughly enjoying life at the top of the Premier League and believes Arsenal are in prime position to answer their critics and challenge for the league title, according to Sky Sports.

Arteta, who was sent off against Crystal Palace on Saturday for denying former Gunner Marouane Chamakh a clear goalscoring opportunity, is confident of his team's chances of applying themselves against the very best when they face Chelsea, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United all in the space of just two weeks.

The Spaniard said: "For me the satisfying thing is not to prove people wrong, it's to be where we are and do the things the way we want to do them.

"If that is the case then I think we have the quality and desire to fight for the title because I think that's where this club needs to be each year."

The midfielder, who has not won an international cap for Spain, also praised the impact that new signings Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Flamini have had on the club since their arrival, adding: "I think he's [Ozil] a tremendous player.

"He's had a tremendous impact since he arrived, which is not easy because he came here on the last day of the transfer window.

"Mathieu Flamini has (also) done really well. That's what we needed. We can rotate the team now, we have quality around midfield, let's see what we can do."

31-year-old Arteta, who will be suspended for tonight's Capital One Cup clash with Chelsea, signed for Arsenal on deadline day in August 2011 for a fee in the region of £10m from Everton.

He has made 89 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 13 goals.

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