The Gunners could not extend the lead to 10 points as they were held to a goalless draw by Newcastle United.
However, Arsenal’s lead still stands with an 8-point gap before Manchester City’s match against Chelsea on the morning of January 6.
Mikel Arteta’s side finished fifth last season but are in brilliant form, winning 14 of their 17 league games.
Rivaldo said: “The Premier League is back and Arsenal are firmly at the top of the table as they try to win the title for the first time since 2004.
They are playing well under Mikel Arteta and the absence of Gabriel Jesus does not hurt too much. This young team is still strong and has a lot of will in every game.
Anyway, the season still has about 20 games left and a lot can happen, especially when facing big rivals like Manchester City or Manchester United.
But Arsenal must be recognized for their stellar start to the season. This makes them good candidates.”
Xiao Lam | 19:35 05/01/2023