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We are not ´Invincibles´ yet, insists Arteta

3 October 2013 11:25

Mikel Arteta has cooled suggestions that the current Arsenal team is as good as the 'Invincibles' squad of 2003-04.

Arsene Wenger's side have enjoyed a superb start to the season, winning five of their six domestic fixtures to move to the summit of the Premier League.

They have continued that momentum in the UEFA Champions League, winning both of their opening fixtures - including a majestic display in the 2-0 triumph over Napoli at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.

Their current form has seen the team draw parallels with Wenger's 'Invincibles' side of a decade ago, who went the entire league campaign without suffering defeat.

However, midfielder Arteta believes that such comparisons are premature, although he has welcomed the high-quality competition developing in the squad.

"I don't think we are at that level yet," he said. "But competition makes everyone work harder, so it is a great thing because it raises the level.

"If you don't play well for one or two games, then you can be dropped.

"We have players to come back like Santi (Cazorla) and Abou Diaby and that's the way we want it. When it is really tough, everyone is at 100 per cent and that makes a big difference."

Arteta also hailed the addition of club record signing Mesut Ozil, who notched his first goal for the club in the victory over Napoli with a sublime side-footed effort.

The Spaniard believes adding Ozil was a show of intent from the Londoners, and that the German makes a huge difference in terms of quality.

He added: "It was a great message from the club because everyone was really expecting a top, top player, probably a striker rather than a number 10.

"But in the end we got an amazing player and that gave a lift to everyone, not only us but you can see the people are excited again to come and watch and that makes a big difference.

"A player like Ozil gives you a step forward quality-wise and gives you another player on the pitch who can decide the game for you.

"He proved again that he is able to do it (against Napoli) and that's always great. The more players you have like that, the better chance you have."

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