Nuno Tavares sent a title warning to Arsenal’s rivals with a message saying they want to win the league.
The left-back signed from Benfica in the summer and has made seven Premier League appearances so far.
The 21-year-old has played the full 90 minutes in Arsenal’s last three games, which they’ve won all three, and has impressed amid their good run.
The Gunners face Liverpool on Saturday, a game that is live on talkSPORT, and can climb into the top four with a win.
“This game is big for us. We go to Anfield to try to win the game. That’s it,” Tavares told talkSPORT.
“Why top three and not top one? I told you we are Arsenal, so we want to win the league. For us it is top one.
“In the beginning we didn’t do well, at the beginning of the season. But now we are good and people need to understand we are Arsenal. We need to win games to achieve our objective.
“I don’t know why people are so shocked about Arsenal. We are a big club and have good players.
“I don’t know why people are surprised about that. For us it is normal and simple to win games.
“We are in top five, for us we want to achieve top one. I don’t know why people are surprised with that.”
Tavares also showed great confidence that he will be able to deal with Liverpool’s star man Mohamed Salah on Saturday.
He said: “Salah, if I play, will play against me. I don’t have a problem with anyone. I play for Arsenal. We have a good team and Liverpool have a good team as well to fight on the pitch.
When asked if Salah will have a problem with him, Tavares said: “I don’t think so. Salah won’t know who I am.”
When put to him that maybe he will know who he is after Saturday, he added: Maybe. I don’t know, I am young.”
Tavares has enjoyed life under Mikel Arteta and is flourishing in the left-back role, but insists that spot does not belong to Kieran Tierney.
He added: “He’s a good coach and a good club. Everybody wants to play here. With Arteta as well, I have this opportunity and I enjoy every time.
“I don’t have his (Tierney’s) place. I have a place of Arsenal. I keep playing in the place of Arsenal. I think the confidence is everything to do a good game.”
Listen to live commentary of Liverpool vs Arsenal on talkSPORT at 5:30pm on Saturday.
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