Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has talked up the importance of Saturday's trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.
The Gunners have gone undefeated since opening day, but the 1-1 stalemate against derby rivals Tottenham saw Liverpool and Chelsea edge ahead at the top of the standings.
"It is another six-point game," Cech told Arsenal Player. "We drew the match against Spurs and there is a little gap between us and Liverpool, so you want to make sure that you stay very close and that every time they drop points, you are ready to take advantage.”
United, meanwhile, beat Swansea City just prior to the international break to end a run of four games without victory.
Jose Mourinho's side are sixth in the standings, six points behind the Gunners and eight away from the top, and the former Chelsea ‘keeper believes the clash could be crucial in shaping the title race.
"With United, they are behind us, so to leave them [further] behind is one aim and the second thing is to stay near the top, within touching distance of everyone else.
"If United want to think about closing the gap and having a chance to fight for the title, they need the three points.
"It is always a big game, regardless of the positions of both teams in the table but this time I think it could be a really significant win for us and a really significant loss for them."