Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists he is taking nothing for granted despite seeing his in-form side top the Premier League table at Christmas.
The Gunners remain one point ahead of nearest challengers Manchester United following their 2-1 derby victory over local rivals Tottenham at the weekend.
But ahead of the busy festive period and a difficult trip to Portsmouth on Boxing Day, the Frenchman is refusing to contemplate winning the league title so early in the season.
"Being top now is no insurance," said Wenger.
"In the last two seasons only one team was involved at this stage - either Manchester United or Chelsea.
"This year there are more in the picture so it's impossible to say how things will turn out."
Meanwhile, Wenger believes his new number one goalkeeper Manuel Almunia could have an international future with England.
The Spanish keeper has never represented his home country and Wenger believes newly-installed England coach Fabio Capello would be wise to approach him.
"I don't know why he hasn't been called up by Spain but all I would only say is that England should take advantage of it and call him up," he suggested.