Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal are displaying all the credentials needed to be a title-winning team following their hard-fought 2-0 victory over West Ham United.
A first-half goal from Denilson and a late penalty from Cesc Fabregas saw Arsenal move above main title rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.
Sandwiched in-between was a red card for Thomas Vermaelen and a penalty save from goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.
"We want to win the trophy because we are all conscious we have won nothing yet," explained Wenger.
"The hunger is there, the talent is there and I think the nerves are there.
"All we can do is rely on the other results of the other teams, so the only thing we can do is master our own results.
"We have a good chance to do it this year. It will be exciting, tight and the response we gave today in the second half was very important in future games."
Wenger also hailed the character of his players after they overcame the 44th minute red card shown to Vermaelen.
The Belgium defender was adjudged to have pulled back Guillermo Franco as the last man before Alumina then kept out Alessandro Diamanti's resulting spot-kick
"I believe we had an outstanding game," added Wenger.
"We played with class and spirit and we kept our nerve when the situation became difficult, so overall we have shown a good attitude, good maturity, and in the important moments in any department we were decisive.
"Everybody adapted very well to the situation and technically I believe we were outstanding today."