Arsene Wenger has reminded Arsenal supporters that they have been here before and not won the league. Yeah, they remember Arsene.
The Frenchman takes his team to Southampton on Boxing Day evening knowing they could end the night top of the Premier League.
That comes on the back of three successive league wins, including Monday’s crucial victory over title rivals Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium. Wenger, however, knows all-too well the fragility which accompanies such momentum.
“The confidence is very high,” he said.
“Confidence is built up very slowly and goes very quickly, so let’s take care of our next performance.
“We have been top of the league (at this stage) in previous years and I think football is pragmatic. Nobody can predict what can happen in the next 17 games for example and you just want to go with the same attitude and spirit.
“The only thing I can say is 2015, if you look back and try to analyse it, we have been consistent. We have had quite a positive year and stabilised our defensive record and improved our record against the strong teams in the Premier League so it looks like we are on the right train going the right way.”
“The real pressure is not to go down,” he said.
“All the rest is positive pressure. I believe that football is down to performance. Who will win the title? Nobody knows.
“I’ve worked for a long time in the game and nobody can tell you who will win the title. It’s down to being pragmatic, putting the effort in to win your next game and worrying about your performance.
“That gives you a chance over a longer distance to maybe achieve your goals. At the moment, it’s by miles too early to say who will win the Premier League. We’ve played 17 games – we’re not even at half way.”