Arsenal’s German forward Lukas Podolski has warned unbeaten Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea that season is far from over and they should not consider themselves title winners yet.

Podolski, 29, whose Arsenal side are 12 points behind Chelsea after 11 games, claims the English Premier League is the most competitive and “the best in the world” compared to Spanish La Liga and German Bundesliga.

“You can always speak about problems
but the season is not finished,” an optimistic Podolski said of his Arsenal team.

“The Premier League is the best league in the world. It is not like in Spain where you have two teams or in Germany where you have just Bayern Munich.

“Here you see it every week that every game is tough. Home and away every team is hard to play and you can never say that the three points are easy to get.

“In other leagues a team might have only three top games in a season
but not here. We lost our last game and it’s a big match against Manchester United so we have to win it.”

Meanwhile the Gunners have endured an indifferent start to the season, as they occupy sixth position just a point ahead of their Saturday opponent United but Podolski is confident Arsene Wenger’s side can pull strings of good results together and emerge as league winners as well as make the Champions League spot.

“We are capable of that but it would be better that we don’t have that run and we make first place and end up as champions.

“It’s a long season and there is a long way to go. So far it is not a bad or a good season. We are still there or thereabouts but we have to win games.

“We have to focus on our game and if we are ready, and if we fight hard, then we will win this game because Manchester United are not where they want to be at the moment. Our players will not need no motivating for this game.”

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