Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger tells rivals not to jump to conclusions about Gunners title hopes

Wenger is feeling confident about his Arsenal team this season. Photo: PA

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told people not to jump to conclusions about his team's Premier League title credentials, after their League Cup defeat to Chelsea called in to question a lack of squad depth.

The Gunners sit top of the Premier League but back-to-back defeats at the Emirates Stadium in other competitions - against Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea - have stirred thoughts they are susceptible against the bigger teams. On Saturday, they welcome Liverpool to the Emirates.

The Reds have themselves made a flying start to the new season, led by in-form strike duo Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, so another difficult task awaits the Gunners.

Wenger knows the importance of claiming victory against the Reds to keep the critics, and chasing pack behind them, at bay.

"It's better to win," Wenger said. "It's difficult, but that's part of the season. We know the games. We have to respond well against Liverpool.

"We are in a strong position in the league and have a good opportunity at home, and we have to turn this round."

Victory over Brendan Rodgers' side will help to quieten those suggesting Arsenal are unable to compete against other top teams.

"Let's not reach a conclusion too quickly," said Wenger.

"I think if you take the points we have since January 1, it's more than everybody else."

The Gunners could have given up their place at the top of the table by the time they kick off with second-placed Chelsea away to Newcastle in the lunchtime kick-off.

Jose Mourinho's side have started to loom ominously behind the leaders after they followed a 2-1 win over Manchester City last weekend with the 2-0 League Cup success over the Gunners in midweek.

"We are improving in every game and this is the most important thing," defender Cesar Azpilicueta said.

"We are growing up as a team. We are in second, two points less than Arsenal and we're now going to try and get up to first."

Manchester United will look to claim back-to-back league wins when they travel to Fulham.

David Moyes has endured a turbulent start to life at Old Trafford, but three points in west London would start to release the pressure on him.

Cross-town rivals Manchester City, who are only two points ahead of United in seventh place, will expect to get back to winning ways in the league when they travel to lowly Norwich.

Manuel Pellegrini's side needed extra time to see off Newcastle in cup action in midweek, when Costel Pantilimon was preferred to out-of-form Joe Hart in goal.

The Romanian could be given the nod again at Carrow Road after Hart's well-publicised blunder cost City a point at Chelsea last Sunday.

Sunderland will look to build on their derby success over Newcastle last weekend when they make the trip down to Hull, while Stoke are at home to surprise package Southampton.

The Saints have conceded just three goals in the league this season to underpin their unexpected rise to fifth place.

Last-placed Crystal Palace are at West Brom and West Ham will host Aston Villa to round out the Saturday games.

The pick of the Sunday fixtures will see the first ever Wales derby in the Premier League between Cardiff and Swansea.

Swans defender Angel Rangel has stoked the fires ahead of the match by claiming Cardiff spent too much on record signing Gary Medel, and that the Chilean will be a red-card candidate come Sunday.

"He's a hard-working player. He's a holding player and aggressive, we know that," said Rangel.

"He likes contact with other players.

"I think Cardiff paid too much money for him because he's a holding midfielder not a goalscorer."

Everton are at home to Tottenham in the other match on Sunday as both clubs look to push into the Champions League places.