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Arsenal have clear view on Premier League title race claims Brentford boss Frank

Mikel Arteta can only have one view for Arsenal in the 2023/24 Premier League title race which is to lift the trophy come May, according to Brentford boss Thomas Frank.

The Gunners currently sit one point clear at the top of the table through 13 games after they beat Brentford. A late goal by Kai Havertz secured Arsenal the three points away to the Bees last Saturday. It was only his second Premier League strike since joining Arteta’s team in July.

A narrow win in west London was enough to edge Arsenal atop the standings after Liverpool held Manchester City. The Gunners’ title rivals played a 1-1 draw at Etihad Stadium earlier in the day. Arsenal had entered the weekend third in the table with a one-point gap to the top.

Arsenal top the Premier League table after beating Brentford

Arteta will now look to keep his team atop the table when Arsenal host Wolves this Saturday at Emirates Stadium. He is looking to claim the north Londoners’ first Premier League title in 20 years this term. They have not lifted a trophy since Arsene Wenger’s 2003/04 Invincibles.

Arsenal went close to ending their drought last season but ultimately fell short in their bid to topple Manchester City. A run of three wins in their final nine fixtures cost the Gunners. The Citizens would even seal their third successive top-flight title with three matches left to play.

Thomas Frank feels Arsenal have a clear view on the title race

If money [corresponds to] your [aims] then we should be getting relegated,” Frank has told the Evening Standard. “I don’t believe in these big targets.

“I understand expectations of the bigger clubs. Manchester City, the only thing they can say, ‘We need to win the treble every year’. Liverpool, aim for the title. Arsenal, the title. But it’s all relative. If we got into Europe, it would be like any other ‘top-six’ club winning the title.”

Premier League clubs paid a record-breaking £2.5bn on their transfers this summer. Chelsea topped the chart with a spend of £434.5m ahead of Manchester City with £216.5m. Arsenal (£208m) ranked in fourth with Liverpool (£165.5m) in sixth and Brentford (£54m) only 16th.

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