By Emma Sanders
Arsene Wenger expects his side will need more than 82 points to win the Premier League this season due to the high standards set so far in the campaign.
The Gunners currently sit at the top of the table, level on points with Liverpool and Manchester City and are only separated by goal difference.
However, Wenger believes his side will have to work even harder this season to try and win the Premier League for the first time in 13 years.
“We have a competitive team in a competitive league. If you look well after nine games, the first trend is set, as they have 20 points,” Wenger said, as reported by the Independent.
“So the champion will have 82-86 points. Every game is a fight in this league. In every game you have to be absolutely at your best to win.”
Last season, Leicester City became champions of England with 81 points six lower than Chelsea’s total at the end of the 2015-16 season.
Claudio Raneiri’s team won the league by a whopping ten points as they ran away with the title in the dying weeks, leaving behind London rivals, Arsenal and Tottenham.
Arsenal’s run of seven straight victories in all competitions was ended on Saturday as Middlesbrough held the Gunners to a frustrating draw at the Emirates.
They host Reading in the League Cup on Tuesday evening before they return to Premier League action against Sunderland on the weekend.