Arsene Wenger believes his Arsenal team are title contenders but says any one of five teams can challenge.
Arsenal currently top the league standings after nine games with 22 points, two points ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool.
Speaking to reporters ahead of tomorrow's evening kick-off at home to Liverpool, who are also one of the teams the Frenchman believes will be challenging, Wenger was in a jovial yet contained mood.
"Yes, of course, we want to be - and I think we are - title contenders, and Liverpool as well, and you see four other teams, certainly," said Wenger on his team's chances of lifting the Premier League trophy in May.
The weekend's clash with the Reds was always going to bring up the subject of Luis Suarez, with the Gunners' chase of the Uruguayan well-publicised while Brendan Rodgers dug his heels in over the situation, ultimately succeeding in keeping his star player.
When asked if he was playing better than ever on return from his ten-match ban, Wenger said: "I don't know, he played quite well before that! Some clubs were interested to buy him - that's because he played well [before] as well.
When asked specifically about the possibility of going back in for the tricky forward, Wenger remained coy.
"He plays for Liverpool tomorrow, and you know that as well. At the moment he is doing very well. What is important for me is that players who play for Arsenal, not those who could play for Arsenal. What is important is the players who play tomorrow, against Luis Suarez."
One of the players certain to take to the field tomorrow for the North London side is Olivier Giroud, who has started the season in brilliant fashion with five goals and four assists from nine games.
The Frenchman has been even more important to Arsenal this season due to injuries to Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo and Theo Walcott, leaving Nicklas Bendtner and youngster Chuba Akpom as the only alternatives.
When asked about comparisons between his man and the man he tried to sign, Wenger said: "[They are] different styles of players. Giroud's a real centre-forward who uses space well, and uses his power.
"Suarez is more of a player who goes on the flanks, comes deep into midfield and is more of a dribbler."
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