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Arsenal are title favourites - they just don't know it yet

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Another convincing win for Arsenal this past weekend over Southampton saw the Gunners extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to four points.

However, as Arsene Wenger's side continue to impress, many still write them off in the title race. But, behind closed doors, the Arsenal boss will be feeling extremely confident and it will only please him that his side aren't seen as a threat. 

The Arsenal fans, and even the players, may not yet see themselves as favourites for the title and as long as that continues it will only work in the Gunners' favour. 

If the north London outfit can stick around the top long enough for people to really see them as genuine title contenders, then they will be in with a real chance. 

Currently the Gunners seem to be playing without pressure and are certainly enjoying life at the top, without really worrying about their rivals. Long may this continue for the Arsenal faithful. 

The Gunners need to take their minds off the title race and they should just keep doing what they're doing and see where that gets them. 

It's only when Arsenal realise that they are favourites for the title that the pressure will really be on. They have been cruising through games so far and are yet to hit a mental block over that long eight year trophy drought. 

An Arsenal team in recent years would have struggled against a bright Southampton side this past weekend. A defeat at Manchester United would have usually been a damaging one and could proved a major setback. 

However, this side have a new sense of confidence and belief. They have stars at the very peak of their powers right now in the likes of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud and they, for the first time in a long time, have a centre-half pairing that are calm and collected at the back.

Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have been sensational over the past year for the Gunners and, while those two continue to shine, the attacking stars then have the freedom of the Emirates to fire Arsenal to the title. 

Of course, at some point, it will hit the Gunners stars that they really are in a title race and everyone is out to beat them. But as long as they keep that in the back of their minds for now and take each match one at a time, they can give themselves a real chance. Then they will have to prove they have the mental toughness to win the title. 

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