Arsenal star Mikel Arteta is confident of his side's chances when they play Liverpool this weekend, according to FourFourTwo.
The Spanish playmaker, who has recently returned from injury, has called for his teammates to "dominate" their rivals and reinforce their credentials as being realistic title-challengers.
Arsenal face Brendan Rodgers' high-flying Liverpool this Saturday in a match that could determine who is sitting pretty at the top of the table after week 10.
Both clubs are been surprise packages in terms of what they've achieved so far, with the Gunners defying pre-season critics in holding on to top spot and Liverpool closely following them in 3rd.
In what's sure to be a closely contested fixture this weekend, Arteta has called for extreme focus from his Arsenal colleagues, and wants to ensure his side take complete control.
"First of all, without the ball they can't score and that's our logic,” he said.
“We will try to dominate and contain the game, but we've also got to be careful without the ball because we know they have players who can cause damage on the break.
“We're only nine games in, though, and we'll see whether Liverpool can keep it up. If you keep feeling confident then you never know. Liverpool have got the league's two most in-form strikers, so we know how good they can be.”
Liverpool go into the match at the Emirates following last week's convincing 4-1 victory over West Brom. Arsenal have a point to prove having been soundly beaten 2-0 at home by Chelsea in the Capital One Cup mid-week.