Alan Smith: Why it’s too early to tell if Arsenal can win the title

The Arsenal legend is refusing to get carried away with the Gunners' recent form ahead of a tricky November schedule

Alan Smith is adamant that it is too early to tell whether Arsenal are capable of winning the Premier League title this season.

The Gunners have made an impressive start to the 2016-17 campaign after Arsene Wenger signed five players in the summer transfer window.

The Arsenal manager started his summer spending spree with the £35m signing of Switzerland international Granit Xhaka from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach.

Wenger raided Gary Neville’s former employers Valencia for Shkodran Mustafi in August as the Germany international sealed a £35m switch to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners boss also added uncapped Spanish forward Lucas Perez to his Arsenal squad in a £17m deal from Deportivo La Coruna to add more depth up front.

Mustafi and Xhaka have already impressed in Arsenal shirt and the pair helped the Gunners secure an emphatic 3-0 win against title rivals Chelsea last month.

However, former Arsenal striker Smith, who famously won the title at Anfield in 1989, is preaching caution amid growing talk of the Gunners ending their title drought.

“That self belief of are we title winners won’t be there yet because of what happened last season,” Smith told Sky Sports on Friday ahead of their clash against Middlesbrough.

“It will be a gradual thing. You go through November and get through Christmas and they you gradually start to think maybe this year you can go one step further.”

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