Arsene Wenger has said it is "absolutely ridiculous" to talk about the possibility of Arsenal winning the title after just six games, but said he was confident the Gunners could continue their fine start to the season.
Wenger described the opening day defeat at home to Aston Villa -- since which his team have won every game they have played -- as "an accident that can happen".
He praised Olivier Giroud, calling him one of Europe’s leading strikers, as well as paying tribute to the contribution of made by Mathieu Flamini as he spoke about the belief running through the club.
"You believe 100 percent, or you don't believe. So that's how much our belief is," he said. "I think at our job the most important thing is to have a good balance between ambition and humility. Ambition, because of course we want to win, but humility as well, because we know we have only played six games.
"To speak today about the title is absolutely ridiculous, but what we have done is to continue to have the same ambition. I think the team has a good humility level and is conscious that we want to improve."
Wenger said his players' superb response to the shock of Villa’s 3-1 win was what he had been expecting.
"I trust the mental response of this group," he said. "If you put it into perspective, it was just one single game that we lost in 21 now, so I think it was a combination of factors: the fact that we had not bought anybody, we had not won the league for years and the fact that we started badly.
"All this together made the situation a little bit explosive but purely on the results perspective it was an accident that can happen."
Wenger went on to discuss the impact made by Giroud, saying: "He is already [one of the leading strikers in Europe]. I just think will he improve, be better in all the aspects of his game? As long as all the aspects are there, the attitude is there as well, then at 27 you always think the best years are coming for him now."
The Arsenal manager said he also felt the returning Flamini had been key to the Gunners’ excellent start. "Many people questioned us when we did that [brought him back], but since he played he has done very well.
"Overall, what is most important is the balance of the team and that on every day when your team plays, you get that balance right. Flamini contributes to that and that's why I think he could contribute to the success of the team."