They may have slipped off the top of the table at the halfway stage of the season but Arsenal are still in control according to defender Gael Clichy.
The Gunners could only manage a goalless draw at Fratton Park which allowed Manchester United to leap-frog them into the top spot on Boxing Day.
But the 22-year-old Frenchman believes his side can regain their top-of-the-table status should they maintain the high standard of play they have set so far this season.
"I think it's not too bad," he told the club's official website. "It's a shame we couldn't stay top until the New Year but that's the way it is. Manchester United are a strong side, Liverpool and Chelsea as well.
"We know the race for the title is going to be tough. United have gone in front of us but let's do a good job at Everton at the weekend.
"We can be first again in the New Year. It would be great for us and the fans."
Before the start of the season Arsenal were tipped by critics to slump after the departure of Thierry Henry. Many believed that Spurs would overtake their North London rivals in the Premier League top four.
But Arsenal have done quite the opposite. With 44 points in 19 games the Gunners have far exceeded expectations so far this season.
Asked if he was surprised at his side's promising position, Clichy said: "No, not at all.
"When you play for a club like Arsenal you want to just win all the games and be the best at the top level.
"Week-in week-out you have to be focused for every game, even in the Carling Cup. You have to be ready because the team needs you.
"The objective is the same - we have to win, and win again."